CGS Fall Update

KBT_6151“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather – and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson

With the return of fall just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at what’s going on now and what’s coming up in the busy days ahead as students return to campus.

Recently, we participated in the University of Washington Foundation board fall meeting by demonstrating new versions of Treefrog Treasure and Foldit currently in development. You can read a write up of the event over at the CSE blog.

In game news, we are conducting our annual Foldit Demographic Survey and also our first-ever Nanocrafter Demographic Survey, both available until October 8. Today, we also discovered this charming new ten minute video on YouTube taking players through some of the earliest levels of Nanocrafter. Take a peek and see how far you can go after that by logging in to the game today.

It has been a while since we have been out and about in the community. If you’ve missed us too, you’re in luck, as we will be attending a couple of events later this year. Be sure to your calendars for November! We’ll be back again at the ninth annual Pacific Science Center Life Sciences Research Center on November 6-8, 2015. Foldit scientists will be on hand to provide hands-on science and face-to-face time. This event is one of our favorites in our local community, and is rare opportunity to speak directly with lab scientists one on one. We can’t wait to see you there.

We would also love to visit with school groups this fall and winter to help us test features we are developing for our products. Several groups have already made arrangements, but there’s still enough room on the calendar! Contact our general email or our Community Manager directly to get started.

Our search continues for a Digital Learning Curriculum Specialist to coordinate and help create a set of modular blended instructional materials for K-12 math from a brand new perspective. Apply through the UW Hires site today!



Teacher Toolkit Available!

CGS-logoJust in time for the school year, the Center for Game Science is pleased to announce the debut of our Teacher Toolkit. On this site you can find a growing collection of lesson plans, Common Core compatibility charts for several of our current titles, and some hands-on games- for when you want to be low-tech. We look forward to working with teachers to provide a resource that is not only easy to navigate, but useful!

With this, we would also like to announce the debut of our official Pinterest channel, and look forward to sharing great things we discover with teachers easily there, too.

As a reminder, we are still on the lookout for a Digital Learning Curriculum Specialist to coordinate and help create a set of modular blended instructional materials for K-12 math from a brand new perspective. Do you have expertise that marries traditional learning with interactive technologies? Apply through the UW Hires site today!



CGS Added to “Great Websites for Kids”

cgs-verticalGood news! The Center for Game Science has been added to the Association for Library Service to Children’s list of “Great Websites for Kids”, a compilation of “exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14”. Newly evaluated and accepted sites are added to the database only three times a year. The Association for Library Service to Children is a division of the American Library Association and serves as a quality resource for parents, schools, and libraries to find appropriate learning themed sites.

You can see our listing here.



We’re hiring!

were_hiring_sign-150x150The Center for Game Science has an outstanding opportunity for a Digital Learning Curriculum Specialist. We are seeking a Digital Learning Curriculum Specialist to coordinate and help create a set of modular blended instructional materials for K-12 math from a brand new perspective that marries traditional learning with our interactive technologies.

If this sounds like your area of expertise, we want to chat with you. Apply through the UW Hires site. (We do not accept resumes directly, and are unable to provide you with a status update through our general information email due to the volume of applicants.)



Find Us At Your Library!

SIL Logo Bright ColorsToday, the Center for Game Science is pleased to announce we are available in even more places than ever before! Visitors to any one of the twenty-one libraries in the Sno-Isle Libraries System may now enjoy easier access to Refraction 2, Creature Capture, and Vampire Vision through their skillfully curated Kids gaming page on library computers (or even at home) – in fact, patrons can enjoy these three titles without ever needing to leave the site, helping make the site an “all in one stop” place for library visitor needs.

Thank you, Sno-Isle Libraries for helping support our mission of increasing accessibility to STEM gaming titles year-round!