Games in Education

FWD News: Education Benefits from Game Design in More Ways Than One

Global Kids LogoThe Hidden Agenda Project is seeking submissions from college and graduate students for applications that can teach high school subjects through social interaction.

This year, Hidden Agenda is partnering with Zygna, leading developer of social games and main sponsor and advisor for the annual competition, since the project will focus on developing social games using Facebook. Zygna is notably the maker of FarmVille, a popular game available on the social networking platform. Read More...

FWD News: Educational Games Get Scientific

Immune Attack LogoIn response to American President Barack Obama’s call for greater attention to be paid to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, some major video game industry players have teamed up to announce a set of initiatives to engage students toward science.

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the Information Technology Industry Council, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Microsoft Corporation, and the MacArthur Foundation are funding a new STEM video game design competition. "Our industry's lifeblood is the energy and innovation of new, emerging developers,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA. Read More...

Tabula Digita Releases New Science Game Series

Lab Rat Race LogoFollowing the success of its math educational game, DimensionM, Tabula Digita has launched a new science game series titled The League of Scientists. The series is offered for free online and targets students from grades three to five.

The League of Scientists currently includes four multi-player games which will let students compete against each other while learning through a robust, standards-based and engaging science curriculum. The two-dimensional games were developed in partnership with the Monsanto Fund and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Read More...

Debt Ski Game Teaches Students to Manage Debt

Debt Ski LogoDebt Ski is an online flash game that challenges students to minimize and manage their debt. It was introduced in late April 2009 as part of the InDebtEd financial education campaign. Dealing with personal and national debt, the mtvU and Peter G. Peterson Foundation initiative focuses on encouraging students to play their part in reversing the American fiscal crisis.

In Debt Ski, you play as a pig named Piggy Banks who must collect coins while riding a personal water craft to pay for his lifestyle. In order to win, you must learn to maintain your happiness while maximizing savings and limiting your debt. The key to success is avoiding destructive financial behavior and taking fiscally responsible action. Read More...