Winter Quarter Update

Today, feel free to take a moment and enjoy this fresh Getting Smart podcast with our director as he talks about where his journey in computer science has taken him both in his education and professionally, and how we can help today’s students be successful using artificial intelligence.

Have you explored our neuroscience game beta, Mozak: Brainbuilder? Our community is doing incredible work by  currently exploring mice neurons in the primary visual cortex (V1) and anterior lateral motor cortex (ALM). Join in the fun and learn new things while making contributions to science or simply follow along with the progress being made.

Algebra Challenge update: We have not yet picked out a date for our next challenge, but we know how eager our fans are and hope to announce something soon. To stay up to date and be first in line for those announcements, please join our (extremely low volume) mail list.

We are still hiring for our open positions, see this post for details on how to apply and what’s currently open. Please note we cannot answer any emails about the status of these positions via our general information email address directly.

We’re hiring!

cgs-verticalToday, we wanted to point you at not one, not two, but three, count them, three opportunities to work at the UW Center for Game Science.

All positions are located on site, UW Washington main campus, Seattle, WA. Apply here and learn all about UW and working here.

Senior Developer. Take on a primary role in software architecture and development in this role. Experience must include at least 3+ years in software engineering (not necessarily games). Use requisition 139678 in your search.

Research Manager. You will coordinate research and development activity, directly supervise UW paid staff, conduct employee performance evaluations, and hire and supervise temporary support staff as needed. You will also create regular status reports for funding organizations and for external messaging; and organize and participate in the grant writing and application process. This is requisition 133638.

Developer. This individual is responsible for the development of serious games for the Center for Game Science research projects related to learning and scientific discovery. Please use req number 138817.

Good luck! Please let people you know about these positions.


Power to the People! Mozak in Neuron

mozaklogomediumIn “Power to the People: Addressing Big Data Challenges in Neuroscience by Creating a New Cadre of Citizen Neuroscientists”, authors Zoran Popovic and Jane Roskams discuss how online games like Foldit, Eterna, and Eyewire—and now a new neuroscience game in public beta, Mozak—are fueling a people-powered research science (PPRS) revolution, creating a global community of “new experts” that over time synergize with computational efforts to accelerate scientific progress, empowering us to use our collective cerebral talents to drive our understanding of our brain. Get started today and join us at !

We’re hiring a Developer!


Good news! We have opened an outstanding opportunity for a Developer. This individual is responsible for the development of serious games for the Center for Game Science research projects related to learning and scientific discovery. You can read more about it right this way.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field AND 2+ years’ experience programming with object- oriented design, system architecture and design, user interface design and evaluation. Additional requirements include:

-Demonstrated ability to release quality products on schedule
-Must have excellent communication and documentation skills
-Demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and independently
-Fast turnaround times and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
-Ability to multitask and work with multiple teams simultaneously

If the link gives you problems, go here and enter the req number 138817.
Please do not direct any resumes to our cgs-info address or individuals at CGS, we can’t accept them!

The Fall Story Problem Challenge Has Started!

spcnewlogoThe Fall 2016 Story Problem Challenge is underway! If you’re reading this and it’s before October 28th, it is absolutely not too late for your class or student to sign up and participate. Simply visit the teachers registration page to get started.

Riddle Books and the Teacher Copilot are completely free, and will work on any recent web browser. Any class with access to a PC, Mac or Chromebook can participate in the challenge. Please note – while Riddle Books may work on some Microsoft Surface tablets, the software is not currently compatible with iPads.

We look forward to following the progress all week, and you can too via !