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Scalable Game Design: Reinventing computer science in public schools

"SGD is fun!"

"SGD improves problem solving ability!!"

"SGD works for all kinds of students!"

"SGD provides a research-based curriculum!"

"You can try SGD right now!"

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

Join us in celebrating CSEdWeek! In just one hour, students can build an exciting 3D game with AgentCubes Online. More information for teachers
"CSEdWeek frog design"

News Archive



  • Our project’s work in Mexico is featured in this month's CSTA Voice (pages 2–3). Read about how our partnership with Mexico is helping to create Spanish computer science teaching materials for US students.


  • 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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Social Media

Process Updates and Wiki Changes

Details and previous updates

Workshops Archive

Full House for the 2016 Summer Institute
June 7 - June 11, 2016

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The 2016 Summer Institute Research Participant application process has closed. We have a strong cohort of new and returning teachers who will receive free Professional Development in the use of the AgentCubes Online 3D game design curriculum and contribute computer science education data. We also welcome non-research Scholars coming to learn Scalable Game Design to use with students, helping us deliver our promise to NSF to move toward sustainability. Welcome 2016 Summer Institute Scholars!

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Want to know more about how Research Scholars were selected this year? You can read through the 'Research Participant Application Process pages.

Meet Us Archive



Please look for our poster We Have Questions: Pedagogical, Technical, and Procedural Assistance Requests in a Large Computational Thinking Curriculum Research Project (Friday, March 4, 10:45 am).


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.