The Radix Endeavor- Online Game for STEM Learning by MIT


The Radix Endeavor- Online Game for STEM Learning by MIT
Research shows that games play a significant role in improving one’s critical thinking and problem- solving nature. Coming to the educational field, as games have long been an effective way to engage kids, educators and administrators have already 
introduced game based learning in their classroom.

One more advancement in this game-based learning is Massive Multiplayer Online Game (abbreviated as MMO). MMO (also called MMOG) is an online multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting a large number of players simultaneously. Educators are considering it as a very effective way to  encourage students to collaborate, solve problems, create and think for themselves within a game. A group of researchers in MIT’s Education Arcade has initiated the journey of MMO games into the educational field. They’ve created a new educational MMO game, The Radix Endeavor that helps students improve their knowledge and skills through online interactions and enables them to think like mathematicians and scientists. Let’s learn about this game.

About The Radix Endeavor:

The Radix Endeavor, a Massive Multiplayer Online game, designed by MIT and funded by Gates foundation, enables STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning in high schools. The story of Radix is set in an earth like world and it enables players to learn all the Science concepts while playing the game. In the game, students will be playing the world characters who have to take on quests to help people in the world, each quest is related to a particular content area either in Biology or Mathematics and as they pursue those quests, they get feedback in a detailed step-wise that helps them understand those ideas. Let’s learn about the areas of subjects that are covered in the game.

Subjects Covered:

The initial phase of Radix widely covers high school topics of Biology and Math subjects. In Biology, Radix covers Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Human Body Systems as sub-topics while in Mathematics, it covers  Algebra, Geometry, Probability and Statistics.

Special Benefits of Radix:

Problem Solving and Exploring without constraints:

The majority of tasks in Radix are designed to be very open without one particular correct answer, because the main motto behind this educational MMO game is to encourage students to solve problems and explore without the constraints of having to go for that particular correct answer.

Broader Process Skills:

By playing Radix, students learn process skills about how to investigate, how to emphasize, how to solve problems and how to control for variables in the way they solve problems. It includes all the problem solving approaches that good Scientists, Engineers and  Mathematicians do in the course of their work.  

How to get started:

Go to RadixEndeavor.org , register an account by choosing your occupation (Student or Teacher) and entering few details such as name, school, email etc., once you’re done with registration, everything is set to learn STEM concepts by playing the game.

Quick Guide:

Once you’re done with registration, a system generated mail will be sent to you. Log in to your account and hit “Play game”. Be patient while it takes a few minutes to load, after that choose your avatar by customizing the hair type, hair color, dress type and dress color. Once you’ve completed this, wait until it loads the bladed planes and generates the environment. You’ll be shown a virtual world on your screen and this is where your game starts. Move your avatar to the nearest character by using a mouse, follow the instructions. While progressing through the game, you’ll learn many Science concepts by talking to different characters and solving problems. You’ll be provided with some tools to measure, inspect and travel to solve the quests.

This is how Radix provides students with a collaborative, social experience in a system-based game world where they can explore how the world works and discover important scientific concepts. We hope this information is useful for you to know about a great MMO game, The Radix Endeavor, which benefits students and educators in STEM learning. We’d like to know your personal views on game-based learning. Please feel to share with us in the comment box.   

About the Author
Author: Santosh Bhaskar KWebsite: http://www.twitter.com/SantoshBhaskarK
Devotee of Dr. Abdul Kalam. Following his path of Creating Creative Education in India. Contributing my works in "India Vision 2020". Former EdTech Blogger/Researcher at ETR India

Like what we do?

The Latest EdTech News To Your Inbox

Follow us:

   

   

 

Latest EdTech News To Your Inbox

 

The EdTech Tweets

EdTechReview Conversation with Richard Dufour - A Focus on U.S. Education - ETR https://t.co/mKkvEt36x2 edtech edtechchat… https://t.co/KOEWR7LGsQ
Saturday, 18 November 2017 07:23
Saturday, 18 November 2017 03:58

Follow etr_in on Twitter

About ETR Community

EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century.

EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.

 

-> Read More

Join The Community

Subscribe and Join the 55,000+ members who trust us...

Testimonials
I find every news, reviews very informative and interesting. This site is indeed a great site for both teachers and learners. Thanks to EdTech for creating such an enriching site on education. Hats off!!
- Regin Brown, Educationist and Blogger, United Kingdom


My group likes this site because it's so up-to-date and has tons of relevant articles.
- Angela Giuliano, Teacher, New Mexico


Your write ups and articles ignites the minds making them receptive to the whole new wealth of EdTech.
- Jagat Rana, Parent, India


EdTechReview has some great resources for teachers who need to get some ideas about technology in the classroom.
- Loretta Wideman,Teacher, East Africa


EdTechReview keeps educators up to date with trending tech savvy terms relative to the discipline.
- Dr. Ingrid Rizzolo,Education Professional, Curriculum and Instruction Designer, New York City Area

-> Read More

Go to Our Client List

Adobe Avaya Bettasia Bonio Campus Management CK12 CKS Evernote IBM Intel IQPC Kidzania McGraw Hill Moodle Moot USC Rossier CMR University The British School Canadian International School Pathways Ridge Valley

Subscribe to our Newsletters...