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How to Breed a Dragon: Playing games to teach STEM

The nature of the scientific process lends itself well to open-ended games. Scientists often begin with a question or puzzle, and then investigate through a series of experiments with the goal of collecting data on what works. Similarly, good games have a "quest" structure which allows them to fail rapidly, learn, and get closer to solving the puzzle. In biology, games such as "Dragon Breeder" allow players to learn the basics of genetic by taking care of their very own dragon. Spongelab.com's platform has dozens of such games that engage students in the process of science.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the importance of using games to engage students in the learning process
  2. Understand the parralels between scientific investigation and game-play
  3. Understand the power of integrating games across an entire district for the purpose of gathering engagement and comprehension data

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Organizer

Joseph Wilson, Dir Business Dev, Spongelab Interactive


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