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Game Information

TitleArithmetects (student-created game)
Presenter(s)Ryan Silvera, William Moore, Noel Lines
SessionPlay the Past: Where Meaningful Play and Digital Humanities Meet to Talk
TimeThursday, October 18, 11:00a-12:00p
LocationGold A
FormatGame Exhibition
DescriptionChildren sometimes have a hard time with mathematical operations and learning how they are all related, and sometimes, just reading their textbook over and over again just isn't enough. So what if they could learn multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction all at the same time. Yes, it is true this would be overwhelming on worksheets, but what if I told you they would be playing a game instead? In today's games, making the player multitask is the key to keeping the player's attention, and though multitasking is difficult, if a person is having fun, it simplifies the process. Arithmetects takes this philosophy and puts it into action. We keep the player consistently immersed in the gaming environment from start to finish. This keeps them actively doing mathematical operations, and when the game is finished, we take all the operations they did correctly and incorrectly and store these in a study guide format for the player to use later to better ready themselves for homework, a test, or just another game.

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