The Sure-Fire Method to Turn Your Kid Into a Scientist

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Looking for ways to get teens interested in STEM? Try making games!

Game design engages teens in problem-solving, mathematics, programming, art, and more. And you don’t have to be an ace programmer to get started—lots of tools already exist to teach rookie designers.

Gamestar Mechanic is a great web based place for younger children to start. KoduGamemaker, and Scratch all offer simple interfaces for more experienced kids,” writes Jordan Shapiro, an educator and game enthusiast. Shapiro’s own young son is already attending game design camps. Read More


Here's How Education Can Improve

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In the digital age, the work we do is increasingly fluid and improvisational, and yet our learning models haven’t really changed since the Industrial Revolution—a time when education was designed to pump out good factory workers, not creative thinkers.

Aran Levasseur, a tech writer, PBS contributor, and former teacher, says that epistemic games are the key to creating the next generation of creative problem-solvers. Epistemic games are essentially simulators. Read More

Consider Minecraft for Your Next Adventure

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Education journalist Lisa Guernsey is intrigued by the potential learning opportunities Minecraft offers kids, both at home and in the classroom. Some teachers are beginning to adopt the popular sandbox game for their curriculum.

For the uninitiated, Minecraft is an open-world game that kind of defies that “game” label. After all, there are no rules, there is no goal, and it doesn’t really end. Players use resources like stone, wood, and dirt to build structures. Read More