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Pop Quiz: Games We Play

Games are fun, but can they also be educational?

This past weekend, I worked with an amazing group of people to design two science-themed games with the aim of making something that was fun, scientifically accurate (or at least not too terribly inaccurate) and educational. These were NOT easy goals to meet in a board game, though the process of meeting that challenge was extremely fun even if brain-wracking.

However, I’m not much of a gamer myself, but when I do play, it’s not with the goal of learning something new, nor did I see it that way when I played games as a kid. Did I learn something from games anyway? I can’t think of anything in particular, but like I said, my experience with such things is kind of limited.

What kinds of games have you learned from? What kinds of games do you think teach kids (and adults) something new?

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Above: Photo of a terraforming game as yet untitled.

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Nicole is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at a small liberal arts college. Her home on the internet can be found at One Astronomer's Noise.

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