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Gaming and Geometry

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

Is it possible to create games that are fun and engaging for young minds but not made in an overly simplified and boring way?

In the past, educational games have always been watered down and not indicative of the games that young adults want to play. In this episode, we discussed how we can make traditional games such as Call of Duty or Gears of War educational but also fun to play.

Proposal: Create two scenarios that would allow gamers to learn; injecting education into the existing games and / or implementing a team aspect for collaborative learning.

Scenario 1:

  • To upgrade player abilities and skills educational equations would have to be completed

  • To capitalize on additional power ups inside the game, gamers would have to complete problems or answer questions from different subjects. The more crucial or intense the power up the more complex the problem is.

  • Before completing some advanced level skills the game may freeze in order for the gamer to solve the problem pertaining to that skill.

Scenario 2:

  • Create strategy and teamwork by splitting students into two teams to compete against one another. Each member of the team is responsible for a different subject and will answer questions accordingly throughout the gameplay. Subject will rotate between rounds.

  • For ‘Capture the flag’ or other team-based objective games each side would solve problems before gameplay started for potential extra advantages, such as a head start into the game or extra powers.

Impact: The impact for these games could be enormous. The collaborative nature of learning, the retention of information, and the association of the educational material with the game could have lasting effects on the development of children. Creating games like this can also improve the way children learn by utilizing their brains in the same way they already consider fun and enjoyable.

Co-creator segment: Mentoring. After years in education as a student, teaching assistant, and professor mentoring the incoming students has become extremely important to Damian and his teaching style. Sharing his knowledge in a human-centered and connective way allows him to make a lasting impact with both educational and personal growth.

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