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Sep 05, 2019 2019-09-05

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Game Pairing Environmental Concepts with Computational Thinking

The Pack, created by the New York Hall of Science, is an open virtual-world game based around two timely STEM subjects—environmental awareness and computational thinking. The game is set in a future world where healthy ecosystems have faltered and resources are scarce. To restore the environment, students 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 can combine the creatures into an algorithm to perform tasks and overcome challenges. The Pack is procedurally generated, and each game students start will be in a completely unique world. As they advance, students create more complex algorithms that allow them to do new things. The game is freely downloadable on Mac and Windows computers and is available as a free app for iOS mobile devices.

Gamification/Game-Based Learning Computational Thinking Environmental Education Virtual Reality • Augmented Reality

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