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ELISABETH GEE

Arizona State University ASU
Facilitators’
Choice

Play in the Making Project

NSF Awards: 1623558

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

The Play in the Making project supports the engagement of young people with diverse backgrounds in making through designing games around real-world problems using design thinking process in schools and libraries. Students utilize both low and high-tech tools and go through empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test cycles to create games that raise awareness or teach others about a topic that they and their communities care about. As part of the project, the research team works closely with three middle school science teachers in California and three librarians in Arizona to facilitate teaching and learning design thinking in the context of making. Parents are also invited to participate in different stages of the design process as informants, co-designers, and user testers to support students’ learning. Our research questions are: (1) How do students engage in design thinking through the game design process?
(2) How do parents engage in the game design process/design thinking process?
and (3) How do mentors facilitate game design challenges (instantiate design thinking) for learners in the Maker context?
This video will emphasize our game making sessions in library settings.

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