K-12 Coding and Technology Skills through Games and Courseware
Coding and other advanced technology skills are becoming understood as the 'fourth foundation' of K-12 education, enriching the traditional triplet of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. 4th Foundation is a social enterprise addressing coding and technology skills through educational games and online courseware.
This 1-hour game is designed to teach fraction concepts in an exciting interactive sci-fi escape room adventure, where you explore the Aseman Space Station trying to restore its power, hack its holographic terminals, and get to your shuttle to save an endangered planet, while enjoying astonishing views of Earth. The gameplay unfolds in a massive 16,000 sq ft highly-detailed space station with over 25 sections across 5 floors and 8 game levels. While you solve the challenges, you are actually learning middle school fraction concepts in a step-by-step manner based on actual school syllabi. Unlike most educational games, Galactic Protection Squad has been field-tested on hundreds of students, and research shows measurable improvements in student learning.
Episode 1: Cadet Training
GPS Episode 1 examines the following curricular concepts in mathematics: simple multiplication, balanced equations, whole numbers, parts of a whole number, subtracting from a whole, and visual representations of simple fractions. In the first 7 levels, players build their skills in these educational concepts and the final level is an assessment, testing the player's new knowledge. There are altogether 40 concepts involving fractions in middle school math, and future game episodes will complete the rest of these learning goals.
Visualizing and interacting with fractions are a struggle for many students, in elementary, secondary, and into university years. This game is a virtual reality experience where students can build kinesthetic intuition towards operations involving fractions while engaging with problem-based activities in an experiential setting. This adventure escape-room based game allows students to use their curiosity for solving the puzzles, which sequentially build the skills necessary to understand, visualize, and complete operations with fractions.