Better Learning Through Game Design

Improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills for students is no longer confined to pencils, paper and flash cards. Educators today must embrace the latest technology to equip students with the skills to succeed. The World Wide Workshop’s Globaloria program takes a proactive approach to break out of the traditional education mold and help educators and students meet challenges with an innovative curriculum and social learning platform. With Globaloria, students in grades 6 through 12 learn STEM and computing knowledge through hands-on game design and programming with Adobe Creative Suite – providing students with a chance to build critical skills for college and career success with industry standard software.

“Students on the downside of the digital divide benefit greatly from the blended learning approach that this innovative initiative delivers,” says Dr. Joe Gonzales, school superintendent of East Austin College Prep Academy in Texas. “Globaloria transforms the way they engage with core curriculum, bringing STEM topics to life through game design.”

Students learn to design and program games using Adobe Flash Professional, chosen by Globaloria developers to expose participants to an industry-leading tool that is popular in the job market. At higher levels, students integrate assets created using Adobe Creative Suite, including characters designed in Adobe Photoshop, game elements created in Adobe Illustrator and effects created using Adobe Fireworks. These games are not only fun to play, but are also based on STEM-related or social issue topics. Check out a couple of these games such asHouse Fixers 2, where players must reduce fractions correctly before time runs out and an animated house collapses, and Tiger Savior, a safari-themed game designed to educate players about environmental threats facing tigers around the world.

“Many students who never learned to code before and who never thought of themselves as programmers are delving into coding through their use of Flash in the course of their Globaloria experience,” said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, president and founder of the World Wide Workshop. “We have built a highly structured, yet user-friendly and playful environment for youth to take their first steps into computer science and software engineering.”

Research shows that students who participate in the Globaloria game design program gain measurable benefits in the classroom and beyond. They achieve higher test scores in core academic subjects, develop critical digital literacy skills that prepare them for success at higher levels of education and are more likely to gravitate toward STEM topics and IT as areas of educational and professional interest. To learn more about how Globaloria helps students achieve success, read the full story here. Also visit gaming.adobe.com to see what else can be accomplished using Adobe Gaming technology.