A program designed at the
Scalable Game Design is a program developed over two decades by CU-Boulder computer science Professor
"In the context of creating their own games, students are not only incredibly excited but they also learn sophisticated concepts of math and science in ways that would be very difficult with traditional teaching approaches," Repenning said.
The Scalable Game Design curriculum, built by CU-Boulder and funded by the
"This is an amazing opportunity to reach a large number of students," Repenning said. "There's a great energy right now that people really want to take computer science education seriously, and we think this initiative has great potential."
Repenning and his team will kick off a pilot program in
"We are excited to be expanding our computer science offerings at CSNYC through programs like Scalable Game Design," said
Participants will learn how to support the students as they build the video games and how to provide children with the tools they need just when they need it. The Scalable Game Design Curriculum encourages teachers to steer away from lecturing, and instead, allow students to explore on their own until they hit a roadblock and ask to learn the skill that will help them continue to progress.
The tools that the students will use to create the video games are called AgentSheets and AgentCubes. Last fall, Repenning and his team launched an online version of AgentCubes that anyone can try as part of the global "Hour of Code" event, which sought to recruit 10 million schoolchildren to try coding for one hour during the second week of December. During that week, about 250,000 people worked on their own video games using AgentCubes online at http://hourofcode.com/ac.
Learn more about Scalable Game Design at http://scalablegamedesign.cs.colorado.edu. Information about the
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