A video game created by Dan Caldwell M'07, designed to help children in grades K through four learn about human body systems, is in the running for a national award. Caldwell is a middle-school science teacher at Gouverneur (NY) Central School.
"A sciTunes Human Body Adventure," created by Caldwell, is part of the National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Video Game Challenge being held by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. The challenge Web site states, "Inspired by the 'Educate to Innovate' campaign, President Obama's initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth by tapping into students' natural passions for playing and making video games."
Caldwell's game is in the Voter's Choice category, with the public encouraged to view and vote for their favorites by "applauding" them online. All of the games and songs in the "sciTunes Human Body Adventure" were created by Caldwell; research and the written proposal for the challenge was done by "team member" Kate Caldwell, Dan's wife, associate director of career services at St. Lawrence.
For more information, including how to "applaud" Caldwell's challenge, visit the Cooney Center Web site.
Posted: January 14, 2011