SciPlay, the Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science and Technology, is NYSCI’s center for applied research aimed at fostering new approaches to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics. SciPlay harnesses the potential of play as a catalyst for learning.
Current SciPlay projects include:
SciGames, a suite of real-time games, mobile apps, and accompanying data visualization and manipulation software that give teachers and students tools to conduct experiments on the playground and analyze and interpret data back in the classroom.
GeniGames, studies whether adding gaming to a to a high school genetics curricula can improve student motivation, engagement and learning. Students breed fictional dragons and solve genetic problems in a virtual lab.
The Mathematics and Science Teacher Residency (MASTER), in collaboration with Hunter College and New Visions for Public Schools, will recruit teacher residents to devise new approaches for mitigating student misconceptions about major curricular themes by linking students’ prior knowledge with in-the-moment engagement strategies.
Visit the project site here.
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Can dragons get kids fired up about genetics? We found out today as SciPlay hosted the second GeniGames tournament with students from Health Opportunities High School in the Bronx and Grover Cleveland High School in Queens. Contestants were tasked with breeding dragons and overcoming various…