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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!

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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

  • 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

Save the Date for the 2017 Summer Institute
June 6 - June 10, 2017

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Mark your calendars to attend the Scalable Game Design Summer Institute in June 2017 at the University of Colorado Boulder. Exciting new topics to learn include science and math simulation building and arts-based game design using AgentCubes Online 3D computational thinking tool. Applications will open in January for research participants, and in March for paid attendees.

See what the 2016 Summer Institute was like here, and learn about how research scholars were selected last year on the Research Participant Application Process page.

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Meet Us Archive



Please consider attending our Teach 3D Game Design in One Week workshop (Tuesday, June 28, 2:15–3:15 pm)
  • Partner event
    eMINTS will offer the following sessions at ISTE:
Supporting Teachers and Improving Student Outcome (Monday, June 27, 8:00-10:00 am)
Coaching for Education Transformation (Monday, June 27, 4:15–5:15 pm).
  • Visit our friends
    Aurora Public Schools (APS) will offer the following sessions at ISTE:
Bringing Game Design-based Computer Science Education to Your District (Monday, June 27, 11:00am-1:00 pm)
Implementing Digital Badges at Scale (Wednesday, June 29, 1:15-2:15pm)


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.