April 15, 2024
The Anaheim Conference Heart throughout WonderCon. Courtesy Comedian-Con Worldwide

The popular culture fan occasion WonderCon returns to Anaheim this week and as soon as once more it’s going to boast a powerful connection to San Diego.

The occasion can be Friday via Sunday on the Anaheim Conference Heart. It’s run by the identical group that organizes the much-larger, well-known Comedian-Con Worldwide, which can be held later this summer season in San Diego.

As a result of it’s a smaller occasion, WonderCon offers followers and attendees with a friendlier and less-hurried tempo than the large Comedian-Con, which sprawls all through downtown San Diego.

For San Diegans like Chris Garcia, it has turn into a routine to attend WonderCon earlier than the large summer season conference. 

“I really like how WonderCon has the old-school Comedian-Con really feel of the ‘90s with a concentrate on comics and creators,” mentioned Garcia. “There’s a extra intimate feeling when attending WonderCon.”

Garcia, an schooling expertise coordinator for the San Diego County Workplace of Schooling, is moderating a Friday night panel, “Esports and Emotional Intelligence: How Gaming Can Increase Your SEL Abilities.”

The panel options Minhtuyen Mai, a program supervisor with the Heart for Analysis on Instructional Fairness, Evaluation and Educating Excellence at College of California, San Diego, and Roel Mislan, Esports Coordinator and Know-how Supervisor at Feaster Constitution Faculty in Chula Vista. They’ll talk about the connection between esports and social/emotional intelligence, significantly in Ok–12 faculties.

Garcia mentioned the panel will concentrate on how video gaming goes past enjoyable and helps college students develop necessary social and emotional expertise. Attendees will learn the way gaming experiences can educate empathy, resilience, and higher communication.

This can be his third panel presentation at WonderCon. He’s achieved 4 at Comedian-Con.

“I really like being a daily visitor,” Garcia mentioned. “It permits me to remain within the present of popular culture and in addition keep on the slicing fringe of what academic practices affect popular culture and science fiction.”

Garcia’s panel shouldn’t be the one program that includes San Diegans. On Saturday, the founding father of the Alpine-based Lions, Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary will speak about Hollywood’s use of reside, skilled animals for movie and online game growth. Bobbi Brink, together with filmmakers and animal rights activists, may also discover the darkish historical past of Hollywood’s abuse of animals.

As well as, there can be a presentation on the usage of comics within the classroom by varied San Diego-area educators. And, officers with the Comedian-Con Museum in Balboa Park can be in search of enter on tips on how to make teaching programs extra accessible, extra consultant, and extra aware of neighborhood wants.

Data and tickets for WonderCon can be found on-line at www.comic-con.org.