The percentage of students in our schools who fall under an underrepresented category is growing, and educators and their partners, like us, are growing to support these needs!
We fight back against the stereotype that STEM careers are 'weird' and focused on machines, letting students actually engage in collecting data and "doing" science.
We show students how scientists must work together and approach problems in creative ways. They aren't just in a lab by themselves, but out sharing work and winning people over! Read why this is important.
New research (2019) shows that girls persist longer on difficult science tasks when asked to "do science," rather than "be scientists." View the research.
We ensure we are representative with gender, have a variety of skin tones, and also incorporate global cultures. Research shows that it helps to break down ALL stereotypes. Read more.
The students' characters have a variety of diverse options and are LGBTQ friendly as there are no forced gender/sex stereotypes based on body style chosen.
These diverse characters, both in the game world and played by the students, are engaging in the acts of doing science successfully throughout the experience.
Students are more engaged when they understand that science actually makes a difference, it's not just about asking abstract, theoretical questions. We've designed around storylines that solve real, authentic problems for students to care about. Read more.
One important aspect of making connections to impact, is making it matter to students. We include several types of ecosystems and practice/enrichment quests to help teachers find topics that matter to their students' lives.
The NGSS is literacy-rich, which can be a challenging shift for students. We provide varied ways of showing their learning depending on the content:
Rather than having to come up with all the language on their own, scaffold students with argument building they puzzle together with evidence.
Create models simply by connecting notes and submitting charts.
Students can also succeed in a simulation-based challenge, like keeping an ecosystem alive or bringing a temperate planet to life.