middleschool

Labyrinth Challenge Participants Winners on All Fronts!

The Education Arcade recently conducted an online math challenge for middle grades students using Lure of the Labyrinth, an online game where students collaborate to navigate a compelling graphic novel. Nearly 1000 teachers and youth mentors enrolled more than 30,000 students in the Labyrinth Challenge between April 1st and June 15th. Over the course of 10-weeks, students collectively spent half a TRILLION minutes (more than 950 years) exploring the Tasti-Pet Factory, collaborating, solving mathematical puzzles, and freeing pets. In addition to gaining problem-solving confidence and bragging rights, students and teachers also earned chances to win more some amazing prizes! 

Vanished Concludes

Vanished, our science mystery Curated Game, concluded on May 22. Over the seven weeks of game play, more than six thousand middle school students across the country worked together online to solve a large and complex mystery. They played games online, collected data in their communities, visited Smithsonian-affiliate museums, videoconferenced with scientists, and engaged in intelligent collaboration and debate online to bring the pieces of the puzzle together.
On behalf of the Vanished team, thank you to everyone involved for making this such a success.
Over the summer, we're going to be documenting the making of Vanished and posting some of the highlights here. Topics will range from game design and pedagogy to some of the technical details of making the Flash games. Our hope is that Vanished will not be the only game of this type and that others will be inspired to build upon this work and create similar educational experiences for kids.

Our First Curated Game!

 Today's USA Today features an article about our forthcoming Curated Game, Vanished.  We've been working on this concept for years, so it's exciting that the time to play is at hand.  Please get all the middle schoolers in your life to sign up!  It's going to be a fun, educational time.  The gameplay itself is shrouded in mystery, but we're just witholding information for fun purposes!