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Wednesday 04/23/201412:30pm-1:00pm - NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts
Zoran Popović / Fact or Fiction: Can games rapidly develop world-class experts and achieve mastery for 95% of all students?

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PARTICIPANTS: Zoran Popović
Over the past ten years serious games enjoyed increased promise to change the world in just about every important problem facing humanity today. Despite this promise, it is safe to say that we are very far away from strong evidence for games-induced transformative change, or from true advancement on any of the key world problems. I will describe why this is so hard, and suggest a set of strategies we have deployed in our efforts to make deep measurable impact with games on two domains: scientific discovery, and school mastery for every student. I will point to a set of surprising and significant results in both scientific discoveries and concept mastery for every school-ready child on a national level. In addition, the talk will introduce a new game that we expect will create a brand new research process in the field of synthetic biology.