Gamestar Mechanic is simply a site for students to play, design, and share games.
This site is mainly geared toward 4th – 9th grade, but can be used for younger and older students! You can register and start your students playing and designing their own games for FREE – or upgrade for $2 a student to full version. My plan is to use this as an after school club or activity. I registered and signed up tonight – Then, I started playing the games and was hooked!
The concept of this site is pretty simple – students will learn how to design and create video games. Designing games builds:
- Systems Thinking,
- 21st Century Skills,
- Creative Problem Solving,
- Art and Aesthetics,
- Writing and Storytelling,
- and creates a motivation for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning.
This is from the “Getting Started with Gamestar Mechanic” PDF –
What Skills are Learned in Gamestar Mechanic?
Systems-Thinking: Students design and analyze dynamic systems, a characteristic activity in both the media and in science today.
Interdisciplinary Thinking: Students solve problems that require them to seek out and synthesize knowledge from different domains.They become intelligent and resourceful as they learn how to find and use information in meaningful ways.
User-Centered Design: Students act as socio-technical engineers, thinking about how people interact with systems and how systems shape both competitive and collaborative social interaction.-
Specialist Language: Students learn to use complex technical linguistic and symbolic elements from a variety of domains, at a variety of different levels, for a variety of different purposes.
Meta-Level Reflection: Students learn to explicate and defend their ideas, describe issues and interactions at a meta-level, create and test hypotheses, and reflect on the impact of their solutions on others.
Check out this very cool and fun way to have students learn the basics of video game design and computer programming – I mean what student doesn’t like or play video games?