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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Cards Against Humanity Scholarship

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Admit it: You’ve spent a few late nights playing Cards Against Humanity, the “party game for horrible people.” The game is the perfect combination of raunchy, smart, and irreverent, and when you get the right people together, it’s both magical and something you probably don’t want to talk about the next day. Now, the card game juggernaut has done it again, announcing the new Science Expansion Pack—and with it, the promise of a new scholarship for women STEM students.

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20-Year-Old Engineering Student Develops Ocean Cleanup System

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Water has been in the news a lot lately, from California’s historic megadrought, to this month’s five-year anniversary of the Macondo Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Not all of it is grim, however. Boyan Slat, a 20-year-old Dutch engineering student, has designed a passive filtration system for the ocean’s garbage patches which, he says, can clear hundreds of millions of pounds of plastic from the ocean over the next 10 years while minimally impacting the wildlife population.

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Engineering & Education Podcast Roundup

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Are you looking for some way to continue your education over the summer? Want some background noise for those hot evenings spent lesson planning or soldering your robot together? It’s About Time put together a great roundup of engineering and education (and engineering education!) podcasts to keep your ears happy and your mind active.

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