The Seattle Public Library and the Center for Game Science have teamed up once again to bring everyone fun for the summer in an easy and accessible way. If you’ve been missing Riddle Books, or been dying to give our DNA title Nanocrafter a try, be sure to check it out (and some related books) while you’re at the Seattle Public Library this summer! Visitors to select Seattle libraries during summer 2016 will also enjoy interactive workshops given by one of our graduate students working with the Center for Game Science, as they present Dragon Architect!
July News from CGS
First of all, we’re pleased to note that the Seattle Public Library system’s Summer of Learning is going well. All of our BlockStudio and Dragon Architect workshops have been filled, and with healthy waiting lists. If you want to take a peek at a number of the creations being made, head on over to our special Summer Learning page and check out the galleries – we just added Dragon Architect‘s gallery today!
Speaking of the Summer of Learning, did you know that Nanocrafter is also a part of the teen offerings this year? Best of all, the Seattle Public Library is offering all of these resources for free! There’s still some summer left to take advantage of the fun, and we encourage anyone local to the library system to do so.
The new Verigames newsletter is out today, featuring a bunch of community efforts, a spotlight on the new BBC article that came out recently, and a link to the archive of our Paradox chat. To follow all the Paradox news, feel free to join our Twitter and Facebook pages! Made by the same team that worked on Flow Jam, Paradox is a fresh approach to the now familiar problem of software verification, so if that’s your thing, feel free to check it out.
Finally, in Foldit news, we’re gearing up to bring community-driven broadcasting through Twitch in the near future, so we can share the vast range of protein folding knowledge the community has gained over the years with a much larger audience than ever before. Our new effort – dubbed “FolditTV” will be releasing it’s first schedule very soon. Our Marburg efforts are also continuing this summer with new puzzles and discussion, and you can follow along (and join in) via the Foldit site, or our social media outlets.
Summertime Updates from CGS
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:
- Muse magazine! May/June edition. A magazine designed for the younger set, it is quite a nice mention with pictures!
- Geek of the Week: 15-year-old Sriharshita Musunuri is a thermoelectrics innovator, Geekwire
- Opinion: What cybersecurity can learn from citizen science, The Christian Science Monitor
- A Global Rx For Tackling Rare Diseases, Wired
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!
SPL and CGS Team Up Again
It’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!
Winter Greetings from the Center for Game Science
Here at the Center for Game Science, we are already making plans for a productive (and possibly genius) 2015. Most recently, our top games Nanocrafter and Foldit have been making the news with these headlines:
- ‘Serious game’ winners announced from I/ITSEC 2014 (You can see Nanocrafter very quickly here.)
- David Baker: Crowd Sourcing Protein Folding: Rosetta@Home and Foldit
- Here’s How You Can Help Scientists Study Sex, Whales, and Distant Galaxies
Additionally, we recently participated in UW’s Computing Open House and Seattle’s Public Library’s Hour of Code event to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Be sure to keep an eye on some of the great things we have coming up, including:
An all new Nanocrafter website is underway. Our developers have been working diligently on this endeavor and the site is going through a final bit of testing before debuting fully upon the world. If you haven’t visited Nanocrafter in a while, make it part of your New Year resolutions to get into crowd science with this up and coming star!
Regular community chats with the scientists and developers of Foldit, with great new content planned and the likely return of Black Belt Folding, our community driven series to help guide users through some of the trickier concepts of the game.
Exciting times are also ahead for Algebra Challenge (we know you’ve been asking!) and going into next summer with our community here at UW and beyond. Be sure you are following us on all our channels to get the latest!