STEM Learning through Games

Students at the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering were learning and reviewing aerospace topics today through games they made. Sometimes called game-based learning, this type of learning can engage students at a high level when they might otherwise be disengaged. For any topic, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), games can give students a chance to learn while competing with each other in a friendly game. Ms. Garavel had her class of academy 7th graders design and make the games, then play them with each other to test them. Today was the culminating assessment as the 7th graders invited the academy 8th graders to play with them. There were board games and computer games, all of which had an aerospace theme in line with our academy theme. Afterwards, the 8th graders had high praise for the creativity and attention to detail in the games–and they made it clear they would like a chance to play them again. Here are photos of the students playing today:

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Author: Bryan Holmes, Physics & Math Teacher, STEM Competition Mentor

Starting at Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Connecticut, in fall of 2018.

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