WA Algebra Challenge On the Way

toonannounceWe’re on our way! Today the Center for Game Science is pleased to announce the dates of our newest Algebra Challenge for Washington state:

April 27th – May 1st, 2015!

Featuring our program Riddle Books (previously only available through visits to the Center, as well as our Summer Learning efforts with Seattle Public Libraries and KCLS in 2014), we look forward to starting a brand new chapter in our Algebra Challenge tale with Washington students! We’ll be rolling out full details and signups in the next few weeks on our Challenge site, but we wanted to invite you to share the word with us!

CGS Director Speaks at SXSWedu

zoransxswOur partners Enlearn are in the news this week, recently announcing a deal with Voyager Sopris Learning to create a new product that will aid student’s development in English language arts and reading comprehension. In this picture, CGS Director Zoran Popović addressed SXSWedu Conference and Festival attendees yesterday, discussing “Rapid, Radical Changes in Student Concept Mastery”. Next week, he’ll be the opening keynote speaker at Learning at Scale in Vancouver, BC.

CGS Celebrates Women’s History Month

Ada_LovelaceDo you follow our Twitter channels? All through Women’s History month, we’ll be spotlighting different interesting women in history with notable science, computer and math achievements. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can find out about notable women through our Center for Game Science account, and on Fridays via Foldit’s twitter. Follow along all month and contribute your own (our list isn’t even comprehensive) via the hashtag #GreatSTEMWomen .

Foldit Nominated for INDEX Award

FolditCheck it out, Foldit has been nominated for a 2015 INDEX: Award, awarded biennially in Denmark.

The INDEX: Award spotlights entries from vastly different design fields showing how design can be used as a tool to solve the issues of global and local societies. Based on the proposed Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 Development Agenda set by the United Nations, Foldit is included in the Play & Learning: Digitalization challenge.

Good luck, Foldit!

CGS Live: See Us This Spring

cgsIt’s almost spring, which means it’s time to gear up for conferences, community events, and visits to the Center for Game Science!

Coming up in March, conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear various members of the Center for Game Science talk in person. On Tuesday, March 10, SXSW Edu attendees can catch Director Zoran Popović presenting Rapid, Radical Changes in Student Concept Mastery in Austin, Texas. For those attendees of the Online Learning Summit 2015 in April, Director Popović will also be speaking there. Also during early March, he will be the opening keynote speaker at L@S (Learning at Scale) March 14-15.

If you’re headed to San Francisco in early March, Community Manager Nova Barlow will be out on the speaking circuit with her sure to be lively panel “Straight Talk About Community Manager Tenure” on March 2nd, during GDC 2015′s brand new Community Manager Summit.

If you’re not headed to a conference this spring (or even if you are), feel free to join UW CSE’s Center for Game Science at Meet an Engineer Night on February 26th. Center for Game Science Ph.D student Aaron Bauer will participate in Meet an Engineer Night at the Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library. The event is part of a month-long program of activities organized by the Seattle Public Library and Pacific Science Center as an extended celebration of National Engineers Week. While the target audience is age 12 and above, everyone is welcome to attend and learn about the exciting field of engineering from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming talks!