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Mission: Reinventing computer science in public schools by motivating & educating all students including women and underrepresented communities to learn about computer science through game design starting at the middle school level.

Results: The project aimed at instructing 1200 students in 3 years but exceeded expectations in the first semester of implementation. The project has turned into the largest study of middle school computer science education in the USA with over 10,000 subjects from Alaska to Texas; from East coast to West coast including some of the most diverse and toughest schools in the nation; 45% of the students were girls, 64% of the girls want to continue! research summary...

Frogger Helps Teach Kids Computer Science

The 2015 Summer Teacher Workshops


Scalable Game Design Wyoming/Google CS4HS Professional Development
August 12 - 15, 2015
Western Wyoming Community College
Thanks to support from Google's CS4HS initiative, 15 Wyoming middle school and high school teachers will begin building a community of student learners to move toward taking and completing the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course. Teachers will learn how to engage and motivate students through Scalable Game Design activities, and going beyond coding into computational thinking. Middle school teachers will work with their feeder high school teachers to nurture and encourage students to stay involved with computer science and programming, and support students to succeed when the AP CSP course is made available. The Wyoming teachers will part of a Scalable Game Design CS4HS professional Community of Practice that extends into Colorado and New Mexico.

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In our largest Summer Institute to date, over 100 teachers learned how to teach programming and computational thinking using Scalable Game Design activities. You can read about this year's Summer Institute and start making plans to apply in 2016.


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A self-paced video tutorial leads beginner through expert game designers through the process of creating 3 dimensional arcade-style games. Experienced AgentSheets/AgentCubes designers can move straight into complex simulation design including Artificial Intelligence with the full version of AgentCubes Online available for subscription.

Games and Simulations

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Uploads and Downloads



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Help for Teachers



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This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DLR-0833612, IIP-0848962 and 1138526. The Scalable Game Design arcade is in part supported by the National Institutes of Health under grant 1R43OD012081. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health.