Community in Crisis is a story-based literacy game in which students take on the role of director of a community center dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. In that role, students will need to work with their staff to prioritize relief efforts to best serve individuals and the community as a whole. They must talk with staff and citizens, keep an eye on their to-do list for problems to solve, and decide which actions to initiate. An in-game cellphone features the to-do list, messages from characters, a glossary, and a notepad. The game includes 12 episodes, which take 20 to 30 minutes each. Students visit various locations, click on hot spots, and engage in dialogue with characters or complete tasks. Near the end of each episode, an in-gameassessment flows naturally from the storyline. In this assessment, students exercise their text analysis and reasoning skills while writing authentic correspondences, such as emails, thank-you notes, memos, and invitations. Some parts of the assessment are instantly scored; other parts include open-ended questions that require students to write original responses. These responses are sent to the teacher dashboard for review.
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 computationalthinking. The game is set in a future world where healthy ecosystems have faltered and resources are scarce.
CoderZ has kicked off registration for the third annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) for students in grades 5–8. This online coding and robotics tournament enables schools, districts, and afterschool programs and clubs to engage students in STEM learning by using game-based competitions that are both safe and fun.
The You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program provides resources and support to schools and youth organizations to teach STEM/STEAM standards and twenty-first century skills by using the Rubik’s Cube. Invented by Professor Erno Rubik as a model of 3D geometry and design, the Rubik’s Cube has its foundation in the classroom.