Summertime Updates from CGS

Muse Magazine Cover PhotoI wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.
– L. M. Montgomery

It has been a great month here at the Center for Game Science. Feel free to check out our brand new page we created to help spotlight the games that are being created all this summer with BlockStudio and Dragon Architect at Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning events! Supporting our mission to help make STEM learning available year-round, Pend Oreille County Library District recently added us as a resource link in their kids section. Thanks, Pend Oreille staff!

We are also busy processing feedback from our latest Algebra Challenge event that ended on June 5th, the Washington State K-12 Story Problem Challenge. We would like to graciously thank everyone who put out the word and participated this spring, and even if you didn’t participate this time, we would enjoy hearing your thoughts to help us shape future challenges.

Foldit continues to be a timely news topic as a noted pioneer in crowdsourcing science efforts. Check out these stories:

In other news, Nanocrafter made an appearance at the Foundation of Digital Games 2015 conference this last week to present our recent paper ”Nanocrafter: Design and Evaluation of a DNA Nanotechnology Game”. Congratulations to the Nanocrafter team!

As we head into July, we look forward to meeting our annual group of summer visitors, continued testing on Riddle Books, and staying cool. Be sure you are following us on all of our channels to get the latest!



Ready, Set, Make!

cgsDid you know that this is the National Week of Making? The President has put out a call to action to create a “Nation of Makers”, and with our creative tools available from the Center for Game Science, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to let you know how easy this is.

Join the fun by:
Creating something fun in Nanocrafter, BlockStudio, or Dragon Architect!
Upload a screenshot of your efforts to our Facebook page, or share on Twitter with #NationOfMakers and @UWGameScience!

It couldn’t be easier to get started today. Happy creating!



Spring Games Released

blockstudio-carousel-image1It’s the start of summer and the CSE students have been hard at work creating new titles for their capstone projects. Check them out on Kongregate, and see the entire collection here.

Not a part of the Capstone projects, but also important – the arrival of BlockStudio in our games section. Give it a try today!



SPL and CGS Team Up Again

2015_kids-wild-scienceIt’s summertime in Seattle once again, and that means we’re teaming up with one of our favorite partners, Seattle Public Library. Last summer, patrons were able to play an early version of Riddle Books – this year, we’ve brought it back with some all new improvements (if you gave it a try last summer, we encourage you to give it a click and tell us what you think of the changes).

Fully working into the creative nature of science, reading, and fun theme that Seattle Public Libraries has to offer this summer, teens also are invited to enjoy our middle school (and up) offering, Nanocrafter, then explore related science titles at their local library to learn more.

Visitors to select Seattle libraries will also enjoy interactive workshops given by graduate students working with the Center for Game Science, as they present Dragon Architect and BlockStudio. If you’re local to these libraries, don’t delay – those workshops will fill up!

Just because school is nearly out doesn’t mean the learning and fun has to stop!



Paradox Launch Helps Keep Software Secure Through Gaming

TriAsYouMight-MapThe University of Washington today announced “Paradox,” a puzzle-style video game that helps to assure software. A person who plays Paradox seems to be doing a task like in other puzzle games: manipulating pieces in each level to obtain the best score. At the same time, and without any knowledge of computer programming, the player is also generating a proof that a program is secure — that is, it is free from certain security vulnerabilities.

Read the full CGS press release here. Read the official press release here.

Please visit our portfolio page, or follow Paradox on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date!