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Making Simulation Games for Education: Emergent Systems

What makes an educational game work? What keeps the wheels spinning in a player’s head, keeps them engaged and learning? Well, if you’ve read my other musings, you’d probably be quick to suggest it’s the same principles that make commercial games successful. While this is certainly true, it’s not the most informative advice. I thought […]

How Technovation Inspired Me to Start a Company

By: AnnaLise Hoopes, Technovation Director, SF Bay Area For the past three years, I’ve been working to inspire girls as technology entrepreneurs through Technovation. I started at Iridescent in 2010 when we had 43 girls in the program, and we now have served nearly 1400 girls in 24 states and 19 countries. It’s been an exciting journey, […]

Gravity Design Challenge

Build a Space Mission with household materials and compete for a trip to New York with 2 guest to watch the Premiere screening and get the chance to see the stars from the film!  Get ready to build your rockets! We are very proud to announce the Gravity Design Challenge, a partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures release […]

The Fluid Ether is Live!

This week, we finally released the second version of our physics simulation app! The Fluid Ether is a physics simulation game. You can find it in the App Store, or as a desktop download from our website. If you want to know more, read about the plans for the entire Ethers series or sign up to […]

A n00b guide to achievements in games

I’m a big believer in learning from history. Educational badging is derived from “achievements” in games, and so it seems useful to understand the historical use of achievements in games before thinking about badges in education. I say “historical” because achievements themselves aren’t really that old, commonly traced back to the 2005 Xbox live platform, […]

If a game is assigned as homework, is it still a game?

Ok, it’s two days after the event and I’m coming off the high that was the 10th Games for Change festival.  Admidst a storm of great panels and discussions, the Wednesday morning panel featuring James Gee, Katie Salen, and Justin Leites was really my favorite event of the conference. There was one really interesting question that was […]

Ananya Sen Gupta: A Reflection on Mentorship

About the Author: Ananya Sen Gupta MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, spent sometime in the software industry (Microsoft), and recently joined the faculty at University of Iowa, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her active research interests involve signal processing challenges commonly encountered in complex environments, with […]

Mentor Spotlight: Ozge Yeloglu

We sat down with amazing mentor Ozge Yeloglu of Halifax, Canada to hear about her mentorship story with her team The APPstronauts. Check out her story here: Tell us about Girls Tech League in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. How did you become involved in Girls Tech and who do you serve? Girls Tech League has […]