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Roots – Reaching Our Own Tomorrows

Games are great! Learning is great! What about learning through games? Perfect.

Robin Bates, founder of Coaching for Geeks, is huge fan of role playing games. He first picked up a D20 about 5 years ago and hasn’t looked back. Now he’s giving back by teaching a whole bunch of skills through gaming, playing, and pretending.

Roots Pod Academy

Roots Pod Academy is a community project started by Althea Blake. They support African Caribbean teenagers in Harlow, Essex, UK through interactive workshops and guest speakers. They build confidence, business skills, social media marketing and much more over the course of the week.

Empowering teenagers with the knowledge, skills, and experience to become successful business people is the aim. Coaching is available for parents so they can best support their kids too.

“It takes a community to raise a child!”  So, ROOTS POD Academy welcomes the support of business owners, professionals, qualified coaches and parents to assist young entrepreneurs, aged 14-24 to reach other opportunities through engaging workshops and ongoing support. We are currently offering a FREE 4 day workshop in Harlow, Essex for African Caribbean teens aged 14-18 this half-term. To register for a place call 01279 887170

Learning with Games

So where does Robin come into this? When does the learning with games begin? With his bag of dice, clutch of pencils, and some sheaves of paper – that’s where! Geek Robin will be running a role playing game. A game set entirely in the imagination. A game of planning, a game of communication, and a game of throwing dice.

A heist! Groups will be planning, resourcing, and implementing a heist. Plan it, get in, get the gods, get out. They’ll need to work as  team, making use of each of their abilities, communicate effectively under stressful circumstances, and deal with the unknown as their careful laid plan may begin to unravel.


Also they’ll each be a different kind of bear.


Low Polygon Back Bear - Ursa Americanus


They’ll learn through gaming their communication, planning, confidence, team work, taking opportunities, dealing with failure, and much more. Opening the week like this gives them an opportunity to have fun, get to know each other, and leave their inhibitions behind.

Find out more – Roots Pod Academy

Check out the Facebook page to learn more about Roots Pod academy, their work, and how you can get involved.

Or check your local area for local community projects.


Robin will be running a tweaked version of Grant Howitt‘s Honey Heist

Also invite Robin over to play role playing games. He always has to be games master and would like to play too.


Robin Bates – Learning with Games


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