Ideas for Using Computer Games in STEM Lessons

Educators who teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math often work in programming. Shawn Cornally writes in a recent blog post that he incorporates games in his classroom as a segue into programming. Cornally, who is an instructor at the University of Iowa, offers lesson suggestions for two popular games – Minecraft and Portal 2 – which happen to be two of my kids’ favorites! For example, he has students figure out if the actions in Portal 2 violate the laws of physics. He also shares ideas for teaching students to write their own computer code.  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/video-games-in-STEM-classroom-shawn-cornally

Find descriptions of additional educational computer games for just about every subject at: http://games.xboltz.net (HINT: think Christmas presents!)

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