Philly kids are going to design video games to play on the Cira Centre - Philly


Dec. 23, 2015 8:01 am

Philly kids are going to design video games to play on the Cira Centre

Frank Lee, the Drexel professor behind the biggest video game in the world, won a $100,000 grant from Intel to teach very large-scale game design to middle schoolers.

Drexel professor Frank Lee testing Tetris on the Cira Centre, April 1, 2014.

(Photo by Aidan Un)

Forget mobile. With his newest project, Frank Lee is putting young game designers on an enormous platform.

Lee, the Drexel professor behind the the biggest video game in the world, won a $100,000 Intel grant to host a series of game design workshops for middle-schoolers that will culminate in them designing a game for the 29-story Cira Centre skyscraper at 30th Street. (It’s the same skyscraper that Lee programmed for Pong and Tetris during Philly Tech Week 2013 and 2014, respectively.)

“We’ve already played Pong and Tetris, it’s time to play some new games,” Lee said in a statement. “This project will give middle-school students a chance to see—and play—their designs up in lights.”

Students will have the chance to play their game on the Cira Cente.

It’s certainly a clever way to get students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

If you have students who want to participate in the workshops, contact EGS Program Manager Arianna Gass at

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