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The Radix Endeavor

The Radix Endeavor is a multiplayer online game for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning in high school.

The game is funded by the Gates Foundation, and under development at the MIT Education Arcade in collaboration with Filament Games. The initial phase will cover topics in biology, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics, providing students with a collaborative, social experience in a systems-based game world where they can explore how the world works and discover important scientific concepts.  

Play The Radix Endeavor!


Registration for Three-Part Webinar Series Now Open

Registration is now open for Parts II and III of our three-part webinar series, Using The Radix Endeavor, a Multiplayer Online Game, to Support Secondary Math and Science Instruction
Part II: Formal and Informal Assessment in the Game Environment
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT
Using examples from The Radix Endeavor, MIT researchers will discuss how online games can be used to as formative assessment to gauge student understanding. The team will demonstrate the teacher dashboard and reporting mechanisms that allow teachers to view and monitor student progress and potentially identified gaps in understanding. The team will also review the research objectives of the current research and respond to questions about teacher and student participation in the pilot.
Part III: Selecting and Aligning Game Content with Classroom Instruction
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

AppInventor's Guide to Creating Challenge-Worthy Apps

Want to create challenge-worthy apps? Want to participate in the House Student App Challenge but don’t know where to start?  
Monday, April 7, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
MIT App Inventor’s Guide to Creating Challenge-Worthy Apps! A virtual live webinar
MIT’s App Inventor team is partnering with the Congressional App Challenge Coalition to offer a special hour-long webinar for middle and high schools students (and their mentors) who want to learn how to build an App with MIT App InventorThe Webinar is geared toward to students enrolled in the House Student App Challenge as well as anyone who just wants to learn code.Webinar participants will learn how MIT App Inventor can help you design, build, and submit an Android app just in time for the April 30th deadline! 

Radix Team to Host Webinar, "Using Multiplayer Games in the High School Classroom"

On March 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM ET, MIT Researchers will host a webinar to discuss how their new game, The Radix Endeavor can be used to support high school math and biology instruction. They will talk about the benefits of role-playing and immersive virtual environments in general and more specifically about how teachers can start using The Radix Endeavor in their classrooms. High school math and biology teachers are encouraged to attend.
REGISTER TODAY! Be Sure to enter event # 641123549

Daylong PD Session, Using Games in the HS Classroom

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 9 am - 3:30 pm, The Radix Team is hosting a one-day professional development session that will address many of your questions about using an online game for STEM learning within the classroom environment. This fun, hands-on workshop on the MIT campus will address:

  • How games can be used to set the context for or reinforce difficult concepts
  • The learning standards addressed in The Radix Endeavor
  • How scaffolding is addressed within specific quest lines
  • In-game assessments
  • Reports and built-in teacher monitoring tools
  • Options for enrolling in the Radix Pilot


Education Arcade Releases New Game for STEM Learning

MIT’s Education Arcade Releases Online Game for STEM Learning
Seeks High School Math and Biology Teachers to Participate in Research Pilot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT’s Education Arcade has spent two years collaborating with teachers and game developer, Filament Games, to develop an immersive virtual environment to support high school math and biology instruction. The result is The Radix Endeavor, an online multi-player game released today. The Education Arcade researchers will study implementation of the game in high school classrooms across the country through the end of the academic year.
The Radix Endeavor places students in an Earth-like world with a technical and social situation similar to our 1400s. Players are adventurers on an island at a crucial juncture. As political forces make arbitrary and greedy decisions that threaten the health of the island and its inhabitants, a group of dedicated and curious rebels are rising to oppose them. Players collaborate solve pressing social and environmental problems facing the island using fundamental concepts from math and biology aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
The game integrates a web-based design that allows teachers flexibility in how and when students play; in school or at home. The island incorporates five different biomes with a variety of unidentified plant and animal species. Students use the tools of math and science to investigate these habitats and solve a series of quests aimed at saving the island from its evil rulers. Twelve quest lines support a variety of high school concepts including Genetics, Ecosystems, Evolution, Human Body Systems, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics.  A teacher dashboard allows teachers to track student progress and provides access to teacher resources including video supports, and classroom connections.   
The MIT Education Arcade is currently identifying a pool of schools and teachers to participate in a research study that will examine how and to what impact teachers use such a tool.  “The potential for video games to create effective learning environments has received much attention of late,” said Professor Eric Klopfer, director of the Education Arcade and The Scheller Teacher Education Program, the group that designed the game.  “It is our hope to contribute to the national dialogue on educational games with evidence of effectiveness and case studies of varied implementation models.”
Formal and informal educators at the middle and high school level from around the world are invited to participate in the pilot simply by enrolling their students in the game.  US-based high school math and biology teachers are also invited to participate in the pilot at deeper levels by using the game in conjunction with some assessments aligned with the learning standards in the game or by hosting MIT researchers to conduct classroom observations of students engaging with the game in the classroom setting. 
“This deep level of collaboration with teachers is critical to successful implementation of any school-based initiative,” remarked Susannah Gordon-Messer, Education Content Manager. “Only by studying how teachers use the game to support their own instructional objectives can we accurately document the potential contribution games like this can make in terms of engagement and growth in student performance.”
Teachers interested in enrolling in the research pilot can choose their participation level at http://bit.ly/HV8ymZ 
MIT’s Education Arcade and Scheller Teacher Education Program  is a research and development lab based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that explores that which is authentically playful in learning. Focused on supporting teachers in their efforts to create playful, powerful learning opportunities for students drives our research and development of games, simulations, and tools that help transform kids into creators and explorers.

Filament Games  is a game production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Common Core requirements and specific learning objectives.


Biograph - A Complex Systems Lens
What is Biograph?
Biograph is a collaborative learning opportunity based on an NSF-funded, multi-year research study being carried out by the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.The goal of Biograph is to improve introductory biology learning at the high school level by introducing complex systems topics as a unifying theme and encouraging students to interact with agent-based computer models designed to ‘bring to life’ complex systems ideas in biology. It is our hypothesis that this improved curriculum will, ultimately, better prepare students for college level instruction, and help to address common misconceptions in the biological sciences.

FREE WEBINAR: Massively Multiplayer Online Games As Effective Tools For Education - Why and How

Did you miss our recent webinar in collaboration with EdWeb.net?  No need to worry, you can VIEW THE ARCHIVE
During this online session, Jody Clarke-Midura, EdD and Susannah Gordon-Messer, PhD presented how massively multiplayer online games (MMO's) have the potential to enable science experiences that allow students to engage in inquiry, problem solving, and experimentation.  

Radix Team to Present at NSTA in San Antonio

Education Arcade and Scheller Teacher Education Program staff, Susannah Gordon-Messer and Louisa Rosenheck, present The Radix Endeavor, a multi-player online game for STEM learning where students immerse themselves in MIT's game world and perform quests applying biology and math skills and teachers receive real-time teacher feedback about student learning. Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Salon E.
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Radix Team Launches Design Blog, Pinterest Board

The Radix Team is busy at work developing the world and quests that will ultimately become the Massively Multi-Player Online (MMO) game and interactive learning environment supporting high school math and biology instruction.  As if that is not enough, the team has recently launched a Pinterest Board and design blog that will allow us to see the game come to life.  Visit the Pinterest Board to see the graphical concepts evolve. Subscribe to the team’s design blog to follow them as they grapple with critical design questions including which standards to address, how long to make each quest, and how to address the role of free play.