Summer Institute 2014

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The Scalable Game Design Summer Institute is a program that brings technology and content (STEM, Language Arts) teachers from middle, high schools, and upper elementary classrooms together to learn about how to use game design for computer science education and for teaching computational/critical thinking and problem solving literacy. Teachers, called Institute Scholars receive training at 3 distinct sequenced levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.



Thanks to research funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2014 Summer Institute professional development training is available FREE to Scholars accepted to the Institute (includes daily workshops, lunch/snacks, software, evening program, but does not include travel, lodging, or dinner). All Scholars also participate in research data collection and receive a stipend for their contribution.


Beginner level Scholars master 2D game design and how to teach the curriculum in classrooms and receive an introduction to STEM applications. Intermediate level Scholars learn about designing, teaching, and applying simulations in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + Arts) disciplines, and Advanced level Scholars explore the world of three-dimensional game and simulation design, programming, and use in the classroom.


      The 2014 Summer Institute at University of Colorado at Boulder will run for seven days.

Intermediate level is for Scholars with at least one year prior experience with the project.
Advanced level is for Scholars with at least two years prior experience with the project.


All teachers leave the Summer Institute with experience, confidence, and resources to teach students to design games and simulations in the fall semester. The teachers and students together participate in research, to add a critical body of data on how students respond to the use of game design in the classroom, and what students actually learn during a research implementation.


If you are a first time applicant from APS, Adams12, BVSD, or SVVSD, please apply to CS4HS Institute for Districts (June 20 - 22).


Applications Now Open for the 2014 SGD Summer Institute


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