Portal 2: Steam brings “Puzzle Maker” to Schools to Aid Education

By on June 23, 2012 9:56:27 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Gamers have solved knotty problems in structural chemistry (chemotherapy, specifically) because of their enhanced 3D recognition and problem solving abilities.

So why not use technology to help teach the basics of Physics? All I ever had was free hand drawings of vectors… but now, “Puzzle Maker” enables teachers and students to bring lessons and puzzles to each other and craft solutions. Seems like “meh”, but it isn’t. In crafting solutions, students must learn the laws of mechanics, mass and weight, acceleration, momentum, gravity (a  form of acceleration), energy and more to bear while playing a video game.

Each player gets a “Portal gun” which shoots energy which opens portals in floors, walls and ceilings… so objects can enter and exit at the same speed and trajectory… many skills come into play.

“Critical thinking, spatial reasoning, problem solving, iteration, and collaboration skills come are all exercised in game play.

By joining Steam for Schools, teachers will gain more than an educational distraction for their students. The accompanying website Teach with Portals includes a number of shared physics and math lesson plans. Chemistry, game design, language arts, and more subject-specific hooks will be added as the program expands, Valve said. Teachers can also submit their own pertinent lesson plans, which go through a review process before being posted to Teach with Portals.” – PCMag

 

So, when the teacher signs up, they get to Valve Education Forum where sharing can occur. The game is “appropriate for all ages” without gender bias (females like energy weapons?) and requires no prior gaming experience. It has a PC and Mac versions.

Take a look:

 

 

 

So, what do you think?

Source:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406222,00.asp

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June 23, 2012 10:24:25 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

It's a good idea. i played portal 2 with the friend (co-op) and you have to communicate all the time - it's pure teamwork. and there are a lot of difficult problems and you have to play together and sometimes it's pretty hard to complete a challange. portal 2 is the best game i've ever played. the only item you have is the portal gun. so there are no humans you have to kill or something else. so it's for all ages..

I think i could work...and it's good to see what physic can do - or not

So, you have to work together - in a team - to solve problems. isn't that the most important thing in a job?

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June 23, 2012 10:37:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yes.. it's an important skill. So are leadership, critical thinking, time management, and original thinking... but communication is critically important, I agree.

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June 23, 2012 10:43:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
So are leadership, critical thinking, time management, and original thinking

that is what teamwork means...

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June 23, 2012 11:41:50 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I saw this...and it looks awesome to play!!! 

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