Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida have teamed up to develop an educational video game for middle school students. The goal is to teach students about computational thinking as well as “foster gender and racial diversity in computer science and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.”
The team has spent years developing the program and has recently garnered a 2.49 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The game, called Engage, will help students understand how to use computational thinking to solve problems in all fields of study. Engage “will be designed to create experiences that are effective at connecting with young women” and minorities alike.
The game will soon be tested by 5,000 middle school students in North Carolina and Florida. The students selected will be from diverse backgrounds covering rural, urban, and suburban schools. Hopefully this will achieve the goal of connecting with more students and educating them on the process of computer science thinking.