10th annual Games in Education Symposium.
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Tuesday, August 2 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Merging the Physical and Virtural world using littleBits and Minecraft

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littleBits have taken the Maker world by storm as they provide an easy way to understand circuits and allow young minds to tap into their imagination and make functional and inventive creations. Recently, the bitcraft mod entered the scene, allowing minecraft players and littleBit fans to merge the physical and virtual worlds. Items in minecraft can trigger real world activity like lighting an LED when a light is lit in the game or sounding an alarm when someone enters your minecraft home. Likewise, input on the littleBits can trigger actions in the game like pressing a button in the physical world to open a door in minecraft.

This presentation will provide an overview of how these two tools can enhance student learning and provide opportunities for students to make connections related to electricity and engineering. The presenters will discuss how we can go beyond this idea to empower learners to get excited about STEM through the intersection of gaming and making.

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Steven Isaacs

Education Program Manager, Bernards Township Schools
Steve Isaacs has been teaching since 1992. In 1998 began teaching in Bernards Township, NJ where he developed an internationally recognized middle and high school game development program. Steve is a pioneer in using VR and AR in the classroom. He is a champion for student choice... Read More →

Tuesday August 2, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Room 166 (LGI 1) Troy Middle School, 1976 Burdett Ave, Troy, NY 12180