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Puttick, G. & Tucker-Raymond, E. (2015)


Computing has been a foundational tool in the development of scientific understanding of current and future impacts of climate change, the most important socio-scientific issue facing society today (IPCC, 2013; Field et al., 2012). Science practices, such as modeling and abstraction, are critical to understanding complex systems dynamics integral to understanding climate science, and are critical components of science literacy, featuring prominently in the new Next Generation Science Standards (Achieve, 2013). Game design can be particularly effective in teaching about systems thinking (Salen, 2007; Liu & Hmelo-Silver, 2009; Puttick et al., 2014, GlassLab, 2014), since game design is a species of model building, one of the central scientific practices advocated by the NGSS (Achieve, 2013). However, much is still to be learned about game design as a way to engage young people in learning science or math, and, rarer still, in model building (e.g., Reppening et al., 2010; Tucker-Raymond et al., 2012).

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