Teacher program

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The Scalable Game Design research project supports teachers through a grant by the National Science Foundation.


Teachers will learn

  • how to program and design games and simulation (depending on level) using AgentSheets and/or AgentCubes software
  • how to teach computer science and computational thinking and critical thinking skills through Scalable Game Design
  • how to guide students in designing and building games and STEM simulations
  • how to work with computational thinking patterns
  • how game design maps to the ISTE standards and other content area standards
  • how to access a large resource of curriculum and teacher & student support materials
  • how to collect student motivation and game design data

Teachers will receive

  • free training on the highly successful Scalable Game Design curriculum
  • free personal AgentSheets software for as long as participation continues in the research project
  • free school AgentSheets software for as long as participation continues in the research project
  • a stipend upon completing all steps of classroom research data-collection implementations
  • free support from research team, including lesson plans and other teaching material
  • up to 3 University of Colorado (Boulder) graduate level credits for $60/credit paid by the teacher

Teachers commit to

  • attend summer training at the University of Colorado in Boulder for 3 to 5 days
  • teach students using curricular materials developed by the research team and evaluated and evolved by other teachers, e.g.
  • at least one unit on game design (two to sixteen weeks in length)
  • administer online motivational questionnaires and computational thinking surveys to students
  • collect and turn in all necessary forms

Teachers are encouraged to

  • contribute to Game Wiki by improving existing teaching materials and submitting new materials
  • contribute to Game Facebook and Edmodo wall by posting comments, ideas, photos


Implementation Guidelines

Past Summer Institute Archive

Follow this link to read about our past Summer Institutes.