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A recent Morning Ex community gathering celebrating Black History Month featured Ashlyn Sparrow. Ashlyn is a game designer who helps lead the Weston Game Lab at the University of Chicago, using video games to illuminate real-world problems.

Her love of video games began when she was about 10 years old. Now she channels that passion into developing games that address problems such as climate change and public health. Because video games are interactive and immersive, they engage the player and game designer to think about how society works and their role in it.

Following her presentation, Ashlyn stayed on campus all day, meeting with small groups of students from all three divisions. Activities included designing games, Q&A sessions and speaking about using art in game design.

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Take 10 Play Festival

North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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