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Happy Atoms Serious Play 2015

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The story of how the Happy Atoms project came to be, the many adventures we have had during development, and plans to take it to launch!

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Happy Atoms Serious Play 2015

  1. 1. Happy Atoms is supported in part by the Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education through SBIR contract ED-IES-15-C-0025 @jesseschell
  2. 2. Targeting Player Transformation ➔ Main Users: Middle and high school students ➔ Secondary Users: ◆ Ages 7-12 ◆ College Students ➔ Primary Market: Home ➔ Secondary Market: Schools ➔ Tertiary Market: Desk Toys
  3. 3. Gilbert N. Lewis (my hero)
  4. 4. Jam Week!
  5. 5. Happy Atoms is supported in part by the Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education through SBIR contract ED-IES-15-C-0025
  6. 6. Got the Grant – New Experiments! ➔ Silicone Rubber Experiments! ➔ 3D Printing Experiments! ➔ Retractable String Experiments! ➔ Vision Experiments! ➔ Sensor Experiments! ➔ Lighting Experiments!
  7. 7. ➔ Past prototypes & research support Research SBIR Phase I Grant Awarded Usability/Feasibility Studies Completed Prototype Development & Iteration 2014
  8. 8. Desperately Seeking Experts… Yotam (Chemistry Degree!) Brooke (PhD and stuff!)
  9. 9. Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. –Richard Feynman
  10. 10. Gilbert N. Lewis (my hero)
  11. 11. Present Onwards 2015 Usability/Feasibility Study w/ New Prototypes RCT to Assess Learning Impacts Holiday Release Industrial Design/ Manufacturing Further App Development & Model Manufacturing 2016 now
  12. 12. Ten Lessons Learned 1. If it bothers you, it might bother others. 2. The purpose of models is to give insight. 3. Respect fiddling fingers! 4. Specialized AI is powerful and magical. 5. People want magical interfaces. 6. Empty space lets you advance. 7. You don’t need to be an expert – you just need to be interested. 8. Be patient. 9. Let your reach exceed your grasp. 10. Kids can understand anything if it taught well.
  13. 13. I can think of nothing that an audience won’t understand. The only problem is to interest them; once they are interested, they understand anything in the world. –Orson Welles
  14. 14. Thanks! Jesse Schell jesse@schellgames.com @jesseschell Sign up today at happyatoms.com! Slides? jesseschell.com

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