1 of just 12 schools nationwide to win
President Obama's National STEM Video Game Challenge
MMS 7th Grader, Shireen Z., won the STEM Challenge with her physics video game called "Discover." The video game design challenge was designed to generate interest in science, technology, engineering and math, i.e. "STEM." Click here to learn more.
Shireen's game teaches players about concepts such as mass, friction, weight and gravity. The integration of friction into the game-play is a particularly unique element of her design. When the blocks that the player moves across are rough, the player cannot move as fast and is alerted that it is because of friction. This embedded learning demonstrates the higher order of learning and thinking that she put into the game.
As a result of winning President Obama's 2011 National STEM Video Game Challenge, MMS 8th Grader Shireen Z. was invited to Washington D.C. on February 7th to attend the White House Science Fair. Winning the STEM award and being invited to the White House were such honors for Shireen, and several local news outlets covered her story. Click here to read the press...
MMS '11 graduate Taylor B. also received press coverage for her game design. Her game, "Blood Sugar," gives players a fun way to learn about the obstacles that diabetics encounter and how to overcome them. Taylor's game has piqued the interest of various organization, as a tool to help them further their own diabetes education missions.
Click to Watch Taylor B. on CBS
Right now at MMS, fully 81 students are actively designing and creating new learning games for entry into the 2012 STEM challenge.