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Teaching STEM through Games—Not Gamification

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If you grew up in the 90’s and early aughts, you might have played old-school computer games like Math Blaster and Oregon Trail that were designed to “make learning fun” in math and history. While you may have traumatizing stories about dying early from digitalized dysentery or exploding after an equation, chances are that you didn’t actually learn a lot about history or math from these games. The MIT Education Arcade is hoping to fix that.

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The Game was Afoot

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This month, the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the University of Toronto concluded a six-month engineering contest simply called The Game. The Game is a mysterious competition with the goal of “changing the world,” though its missions are not revealed until after the contestants are chosen and their teams are formed. Over the competition’s long course, student contestants receive mentorship and leadership training while developing a large-scale social project that they hope will create positive change.

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