Here is an article I just had posted on Soapbox Science! It talks about gaming and education and even has some screen shots of the game I am working on.
“Mathematics is an essential part of the computer science curriculum and many other curriculums. In order to gain employment in computer related industries, applicants must have a strong background in physics, calculus, algebra, and other mathematics courses. This all relates to what I call the “mathematics problem” that plagues much of North America. In the United States of America, 18% of Grade 4 students (9 or 10 years old) scored below the basic level of achievement for mathematics (U.S. Department of Education, 2011). This problem continues in that 28% of Grade 8 students (13 – 14 years old) fall below the basic level of achievement in mathematics as well (U.S. Department of Education, 2011). In the most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), it was found that the average test score for a Grade 4 student has increased only 11 points from 1995 to 2007 (518 to 529) (Gonzales et al., 2009). Other counties such as England and Hong Kong have improved 50 or more points in the same period of time. While other countries are progressing forward, the United States is only slowly improving.”