Filament Games has curated several freelearning games in multiple subjects, including life science, media literacy, and women in STEM. For example, the OculusgameBreaking Boundaries in Scienceis a virtual-reality celebration of some of history’s most renowned women in the STEM arena. It’s a virtual museum of sorts that faithfully recreates the real-life workspaces of famous figures such as Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, and Grace Hopper. The game immerses players in their lives and achievements via fully voice-acted vignettes steeped in historical context. Rigged, by Bellweather Education Partners, lets players step into the shoes of an underserved youth, making critical life decisions affecting relationships, academics, and responsibilities. Based on real-life stories and accounts, Rigged illustrates the many ways poverty can reinforce itself and affect the lives of underserved youth through decision-based gameplay where choices matter. Beats Empire, from Teachers College at Columbia University, is a turn-based strategy game that lets students run their own music studio and record label in a fictional city, reminiscent of New York. Through savvy analysis of market trends, players sign artists, record songs, attract new followers, and work toward domination of the top charts of music. Legends of Learning’s EcoKingdomsis a choose-your-own-adventure narrative journey in which players assume the role of a park ranger who must make key choices while balancing how each decision impacts the number of visitors in the park, as well as the plants, animals, and park funds.
Part of the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University, the Declaration Resources Project supports teaching and learning about, and ongoing engagement with, the Declaration of Independence. One of the resources in development is Portrait of a Tyrant, a six-episode adventure game for students to learn about the Declaration of Independence, its historical context and contemporary relevance.
Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the SmithsonianNational Museum of American History? With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs students’ help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War.