Category Archives: Gaming

Good Narrative, Good Game

by Ariam Mogos and Sarah Giffin of Global Kids
July 25, 2016

Global Kids, Inc. works to ensure that youth from underserved areas have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage.  Many of the students in their programs are creating … 







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Inspired STEM Camper Turns Teacher

by Empow Studios
June 30, 2016

Empow Studios brings technology, arts, and play together to help young learners discover and build on their creative talents. They teach classes in programming, robotics, video game design, animation, design, audio engineering and other creative skills for the 21st century at over 20 locations in Massachusetts. Many of the students … 







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Developing a Curriculum in Game Design and Development

by Steve Isaacs
June 21, 2016

Steve Isaacs teaches video game design and development to middle school students in New Jersey, and has been recognized as an ISTE Outstanding Teacher this year. Here he shares his experience in developing a curriculum in game design at his school, and offers tips for educators interested in doing so … 







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So You Want to Make a Video Game?

by Joey Glatt
June 16, 2016

As a member of the Support Team for the National STEM Video Game Challenge, I often receive many emails from students looking for guidance, such as a recent request from Yoel in Dallas who was looking for tips for young game designers thinking about entering a game for the 2016 … 







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Q&A with Nancy Drew Developer Her Interactive

May 19, 2016

Since releasing their first Nancy Drew adventure game, Secrets Can Kill, back in 1998, Her Interactive has inspired thousands to pick up a virtual magnifying glass and take on the role of amateur detective—including 2015 STEM Challenge winner Olivia Thomas. Based out of Bellevue, Washington, the Her Interactive team has … 







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Olivia Thomas: A Video Game Designer’s Journey to the White House Science Fair

by Olivia Thomas
April 22, 2016

I don’t quite know when it hit me. Maybe it was when the man in black let me through the gates. Maybe it was when I walked past parking spaces that were reserved for people anyone would recognize. Maybe it was when I was standing at the threshold of a … 







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STEM Challenge Winner Attends 2016 White House Science Fair

by Administrator
April 13, 2016

We’re thrilled that Olivia Thomas, who won last year’s 2015 National STEM Video Game Challenge in the High School Gamestar Mechanic category, is attending this year’s White House Science Fair. This is the sixth and final Science Fair of President Obama’s Administration, with more than 130 students representing 30 states who … 







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Combining Creativity and STEM Skills Through Video Game Design

April 4, 2016

Almost every child in the United States plays video games—91% of children ages 2-17, according to NPD. But how many kids make their own video games? I could not find any reliable statistics. Nowadays, one barely needs to write a line of code in order to build a video game … 







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Parents! Please Take Our Survey About Games and Family Life

by Kristen Kohm
February 2, 2016

Are you the parent or guardian of a child between 4 and 13 years of age?  Does your child play video games?  If so, you are eligible to take a survey about digital games and family life by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.  Parents who complete the … 







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Intergenerational STEM Game Design Workshop @ Moving Image

by Chris Wisniewski and Jordan Smith
June 12, 2015

Several years ago, Museum of the Moving Image presented an exhibition called Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off. This was nothing new for us. We had done exhibitions about video games, featuring playable games in the Museum’s galleries, many times before–we presented our first such exhibition, Hot Circuits: A Video Arcade, … 







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