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Scalable Game Design: Reinventing computer science in public schools

"SGD provides a research-based curriculum!" Ready to bring SGD to your classroom, school, or community? Contact us today!

SGD Google RISE Award Video



Videos: See teachers in action, and more
"Frogger Helps Teach Kids Computer Science"

Arcade: Share your project and try other games and simulations
"Virus Simulation"

Spotlight Archive

CSEdWeek will be on December 3-9, 2018 with more Hour of Code activities! With AgentCubes Online, students can learn computational thinking concepts while creating an exciting 3D game that can be shared with friends and family online and on smartphones. To get started, see our information for teachers.
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News Archive



  • SGD merges into Computational Thinking Foundation
  • We are happy to announce that even though the Scalable Game Design project has come to an end, our work continues. SGD was incredibly successful and we are thrilled to announce that the Computational Thinking Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit will be able to take over and organize professional development workshops going forward. CTF will continue to take into account your terrific feedback and adapt the workshops to your evolving needs. You will see many of the same friendly faces and wonderful teachers that you already know and love, and we are working on exciting new classes and materials that we will be announcing soon!



  • St. Louis Summer Institute began on June 16, 2016, featuring 3D Online Game Design for Beginners. Students of all skill levels benefit from the use of computational thinking patterns - see what can SGD training do for your classroom today!


  • CU Summer Institute 2017 gave scholars the opportunity to choose professional development courses al-a-cart, with great success! You can read about this year's Summer Institute and start making plans to apply for training in 2018.

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  • Frogger 3D is an official part of the 2016 Hour of Code!!
  • AgentCubes Online version 1.0.2 is the first programming tool to offer a 3D printing option for agents, thereby providing an interface for physical computing.



  • Summer Institute 2016 commences at CU Boulder, to teach Beginner and Intermediate Scholars the benefits of AgentCubes Online, June 7, 2016.

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Social Media

Process Updates and Wiki Changes

  • Quick Links have moved (8/12)
  • Our research process has changed for the 2016-17 school year (6/7)

Details and previous updates

Workshops Archive

2020 RockCS

  • May 29 and 30, 2020
  • St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center, 33 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80501

Keep watching out for the date and time of our Scalable Game Design workshop. We are keeping in touch with the conference organizers for the newest development.

In the meantime, please keep safe.

Join our mailing list to receive information about future events


Scalable Game Design is based on Zones of Proximal Flow and Computational Thinking Patterns (CTPs). A set of increasingly sophisticated game and simulation projects scale your computational thinking skills up gradually.

Zones of Proximal Flow diagram


Our Scope and Sequence document shows skill progression through the most-used games and simulations.

To learn more about specific sequences for classroom use, see our Teaching Options document.

More resources

Popular Games and Simulations

Frogger-like game


Journey game




PacMan-like game


Contagion simulation


Forest Fire simulation

Forest Fire

Frogger is a good first game design activity for students with no programming background.

Journey is designed to present several computational thinking patterns in an incremental fashion.

Sokoban is a good second game design activity for students who have already completed the Frogger tutorials.

PacMan is a good first game design activity for high school students with no programming background.

More games:     Space Invaders     Sims-like games     AgentCubes games (3D) coming soon!

The Contagion simulation approximates how contagions are spread among humans who are in close proximity to one another.

The Forest Fire simulation enables you to explore how forest fires unravel by letting you set fires to virtual forests with different parameters.

More simulations:     AgentSheets simulations     AgentCubes simulations (3D) coming soon!

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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.