Game Integrating Computational Thinking and Environmental Problem Solving
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) pioneered Design–Make–Play, a novel approach to learning and engagement, drawing on deeper learning research and supporting the creation of learning experiences that develop critical thinking, knowledge integration, innovation, and creativity skills. One of NYSCI’s newest resources, an open-world game anyone can play, brings Design–Make–Play to the worlds of computational thinking and environmentalproblem solving. The game, called The Pack, is set in a future world where healthy ecosystems have faltered and resources are scarce. To restore the environment, players embark on an open-ended quest to find food and water by using their “Pack”—creatures that have unique functions such as digging, moving, holding, grabbing, and repeating. When their Pack has more than one type of creature, players combine them into algorithms to perform tasks and overcome challenges. As they advance, players create more complex algorithms that allow them to do new things. ThePack is free to download for Mac OSX and Windows.
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While educators use a variety of games in the classroom for learning, similar game-based approaches are increasingly finding places outside of the classroom among adults who are responsible for and concerned about education. Budget Hold ’Em from Education Resource Strategies (ERS), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, is one such game.
ChemCollective’s freeMixed Reception game is set in a research group that is developing an antivenom for spider bites. In the opening scene, Nelson Pogline, a talented graduate student, dies unexpectedly at a university reception. In their role as detectives, students must use chemistry concepts to determine if he was murdered, and if so, to solve the case.