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Thursday, August 18 • 11:30am - 4:30pm
Highlighting MazeStar: A Platform for Studying Avatar Use in Computer Science Learning Environments

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MazeStar is a platform developed as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project researching effective uses of virtual identities in STEM learning environments. Contained in MazeStar is both a game (Mazzy) and an editor. In Mazzy, players solve maze-like levels by creating short computer programs. As levels become increasingly complex, players learn fundamental computing concepts such as code blocks, procedural thinking, looping, conditional statements, etc. In the level editor, players create custom maps with a high degree of customizability in terms of map size, map layout, and artwork. Mazzy has been used as a testbed for studying virtual identity in a STEM learning environment (Kao & Harrell, 2015a-e; 2016a-c), while the addition of the level editor will allow us to take new directions as we begin studying intersections of virtual identity, social identity, and education in the context of game play as game creation.

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Fox Harrell

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
D. Fox Harrell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Comparative Media Studies Program and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. He founded and directs the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab). Harrell holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. In 2010, he received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER... Read More →
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Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Helen Ho

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Dominic Kao

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Chong-U Lim

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Maya Wagoner

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Thursday August 18, 2016 11:30am - 4:30pm
Northwoods Union South

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