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Failure, Fun and Learning: Making and Playing an Educational STEM Game

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  • 1. Failure, Fun and Learning Making and Playing an Educational STEM Game Andy Korzik & Drew Davidson "
  • 2. Analyzing a Game   Design and Development   Literacy and Mastery   Gameplay and Learning
  • 3. Context   MacArthur Foundation   Field Museum   STEM   Systems Thinking
  • 4. Bridges   Graduate Student Project Team   Iterative Rapid Prototyping   Gameplay Experience   Meaning & Value
  • 5. Invasion!   Raise Awareness of Invasive Species   Asian Carp   Science in Context   Complex Issue in our Culture
  • 6. Asian Carp   “Smithsonian Institution scientists fear that unless somehow checked, the outsize Asian carp, which has few, natural enemies, will make rivers virtually uninhabitable for other fish”   Pittsburgh Press, 1975
  • 7. Invasion!   Simulation, Tower Defense, Card Mechanic   10-20 Minute Experience   Minigame – Carp   Main Game – Carp Czar
  • 8. Play   Intro Game
  • 9. Introductory Game   Play as Carp   Minigame   Introduce Issue   Impact Simulation Game
  • 10. Gameplay   Introductory Game   Hook   Simulation Game   Science in a System   Hard to Win
  • 11. Play   Simulation Game
  • 12. Simulation Game   Tower Defense   Turn Based   Card Mechanic   Engage Various Socio-Political Groups
  • 13. Play   More Simulation Game
  • 14. Gameplay   Engage, Act, React   Expendable Resources, Public Will, Money   Building, Maintenance, Decisions   Multiple End States
  • 15. Learning the Game   Hidden Mechanics   Connect Intro Game to Simulation Game   Difficulty   Feedback on Decisions and How to Win   Clarity on Mechanics and Choices
  • 16. Play   End Game
  • 17. Educational Opportunities   History, Current Events, Systems Thinking   Ecology, Biology   Complexity and Difficulty
  • 18. Making the Game   Iterative Process   Playtest   Design Evolution   Initial, Interim, Final   Real World Problem   Events Happening as Game Was Designed   Technical Solutions to Help Design Adapt
  • 19. Post-Mortem   What went Right   What went Wrong   Lessons Learned   Conclusion
  • 20. Literacy & Mastery   Design & Development   Gameplay & Learning   Interpret & Analyze
  • 21. And Now   Invasion! in the Field Museum
  • 22. Thanks!   Questions?