The Radix Endeavor
Deals with biodiversity // biology // experimental methods // math // science
  engineering//scientific method//statistics//technology//
Intended for high school
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Cost free
   
Developed by the education arcade (external) (academic developer)
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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.

Game Experience

When you enter the game, you find yourself on an island with many unknown species of plants and animals, and many mysterious places waiting to be discovered, along with many problems to be solved. The current leader, in search of an alleged meteor thought to have special properties, has taken actions that have endangered the health of the island and its inhabitants. You come to join a group called The Curiosi who ask you to help find solutions to some of the island’s worst problems, both environmental and societal. If you can figure out what is causing the problems, how the natural systems work, and which factors need to be changed, you may be able to improve the lives of the people and even save the island from destruction.

Benefits of an MMO

Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) Games are a popular genre in which players’ avatars exist in a shared and persistent world, and players work together to understand how the world works, then use that knowledge to complete task-based goals. This type of game structure has affordances that integrate well with inquiry based learning and scientific ways of thinking, making an MMO a uniquely suitable framework for STEM learning. In The Radix Endeavor, players will need to explore the virtual world and conduct their own “experiments” to develop hypotheses and figure out how the biological and mathematical systems function. They will be able to collaborate with other players in the game to compare ideas and solve problems using scientific reasoning, while being motivated by the social and contextual nature of the in-game goals.

Curriculum

Our first version of the game will cover a variety of topics in high school biology, geometry, algebra, and probability and statistics. It is designed to align with the Common Core standards in mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards for high school students. In addition, we are placing particular emphasis on including opportunities for students to develop key math practices and 21st century skills.



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