Education Through Technology
Event Type: 
Illuminating Education
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 25 - 8:15am to 9:45am
Greenway D-E
L. Smith, E. Dawson, Red Butte Garden; B. Coulter, S. Baron, Missouri Botanical Garden

Utilizing Location-Based, Mobile Games to Engage the Elusive Tween Audience: Looking to expand your educational offerings? Learn about a current collaboration between Missouri Botanical Garden, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Red Butte Garden, San Diego Zoo, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to create interactive, location-based games using MIT’s free TaleBlazer software. Through a National Science Foundation grant, these organizations have created mobile games on GPS-enabled smart phones to engage children aged 10 to 13 within their institutions. Learn about tweens’ experiences in the project’s first two and a half years, as well as how you can build mobile games to engage this age group at your institution.

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