#GHC13. Effectiveness of Educational STEM Games Based on Evaluation of Core Mechanics Using Bloom’s Taxonomy. Brittany Arthur UC Santa Cruz Computer Science Undergraduate Student October 3. 2013. 2013. Time on Task. One Predictor of Student Success Game time Learning Time?
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UC Santa Cruz
Computer Science Undergraduate Student
October 3. 2013
2. Code Hero
3. Treefrog Treasure
Spore Goals in order [Goal 1 to Goal 9]: 1. Choose diet, 2. Identify predators and their threats in order to strategize how to stay alive, 3. Identify correct food supply, 4. Call mate if adaptation is needed in response to the changing environment, 5. Create an offspring that is better adapted to the environment than last playable character was – decide which characteristics would be most effective based on observations of the environment, 6. Analyze how the relationship to the environment has changed after growth or evolution to make better decisions to continue to survive, grow, reproduce, and evolve. 7. Identify the new threats from new predators (electric shock, speed, etc.) and who is not threatening 8. Strategize a new plan when food resources change and there is competition, 9. Find and unlock new characteristics to add to new offspring
CODE HERO Goals in order [Goal 1 to Goal 6]: 1. Find Ada Lovelace, follow her through a hallway of pictures and quotes from Grace Hopper and Alan Turing, 2. Find key to open “labyrinth door” by exploring the game space and learning controls, 3. Find sword to fight dragon, 4. Edit the dragon’s programming structure to make it easier to fight: Ada Lovelace walks you through the process of reprogramming using Unity to lower its strength; Unity is a cross platform game engine. 5. Find Ada Lovelace in a room with Charles Babbage; she tells you to explore the space and find hidden information, 6. Explore notes from Babbage’s Difference Engine and Addition Carriage, explore the game space: go into a room with sign RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY, go into a room with a unity symbol over a mac, go into Bell Laboratories: computing science research center, and PARC: Palo Alto Research Center
TreeFrog Treasure Goals in order [Goal 1 to Goal 9]: 1. Match pie chart picture to correct empty slot to put fractions and pie graphs in the correct order (0/4, ¾, 4/4 are represented, there are two slots open between 0/4 and ¾, the key is to place the representation of ¼ in the slot after 0/4; if the student chooses the incorrect slot, one possible answer will be eliminated, leaving only one possibility left to choose from 2. Aim and jump to kick open the gate, 3. Get through maze and avoid lava, 4. Avoid floating hot lava rock by strategically hopping through maze, 5. Obtain gems by jumping directly to their location, 6. Strategically jump to ideal location to unlock the next gate, 7. Match pie chart to correct slot again, 8. Aim for target and jump, 9. Land on the exit sign
*The game has recently been updated; the picture below is of the updated version; I analyzed an earlier version.
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