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|Session Name:||Bringing Mars Down to Earth: Designing Educational Games with Real Science for Low Income Students|
|Speaker(s):||Peter Slattery, Kate Schnippering|
|Company Name(s):||IDEO, IDEO|
|Track / Format:||Advocacy|
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|Overview:||The Verizon Innovative Learning explorer lab is a multisensory mobile AR bus-meets-spaceship. The explorer lab takes low income middle school students on a field trip to Mars, and is custom-tailored to measurably activate interest in STEM. IDEO, in collaboration with Whiskytree and West Coast Customs, crafted the explorer lab from scratch to pilot in 9 months. This talk will showcase the application of IDEO's human-centered design approach to game and software development. Specific methods for tackling educational objectives in games (i.e. imparting real science through Martian rover engineering), for reaching a range of students from those who can barely read to those three grades above average, and for designing interaction modalities on a new hardware/software platform will be discussed.|