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Gaming Square Pegs into Dinosaur-shaped Holes: Adventures in Game Design at the American Museum of Natural History

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Gaming Square Pegs into Dinosaur-shaped Holes: Adventures in Game Design at the American Museum of Natural History

  1. 1. Gaming Square Pegs into Dinosaur-shaped Holes: Adventures in Game Design at the American Museum of Natural History Barry @MMMooshme Mooshme.org #SPMuseum
  2. 2. The GLS Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  3. 3. Welcome to the Grand Opening of the Serious Play Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum Play.Amnh.org/GLS
  4. 4. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum photobyJeffreyMilstein
  5. 5. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  6. 6. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  7. 7. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  8. 8. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  9. 9. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  10. 10. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  11. 11. History of Innovations in Public Engagement & Education Lantern Slides Dioramas Audio Tours Laser Show #SPMuseum
  12. 12. Games For the Public CD-ROM Space Cruiser Accomplice Mead Arcade #SPMuseum
  13. 13. Games For Education Cretaceous Seas What Happened to the Neanderthals? #SPMuseum
  14. 14. Games For Public, Through Education Programs Card Pterosaurs Killer Snails Flora #SPMuseum
  15. 15. Games For Public, Through Education Programs Mobile MicroRangers Playing With Dinos #SPMuseum
  16. 16. Games For Public, Through Education Programs laptop Minecraft at the Museum #SPMuseum
  17. 17. Games For Public, Through Education Programs role-playing Crime Scene Neanderthal #SPMuseum
  18. 18. Minecraft at the Museum #SPMuseum
  19. 19. Pterosaurs: The Card Game #SPMuseum
  20. 20. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  21. 21. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  22. 22. Educational Objectives of the Game: People who play the game will be able to: • Gain a familiarity with a diversity of microorganisms • Describe that microorganisms are part of a complex ecosystem across scales • Describe how humans are part of that complex ecosystem • Appreciate the overall importance of a healthy ecosystem • Identify the microscale within the museum’s macroscale MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  23. 23. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  24. 24. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  25. 25. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  26. 26. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  27. 27. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  28. 28. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  29. 29. Coral Bioluminescence Seal Beaver Bison Raccoon Spruce-Fir Forest Forest Floor Chestnut Tree Home Base
  30. 30. Coral BioluminescenceSeal Identify: Solve: collect (zooxanthellae) calibrate (temp & pH) investigate (photobacteria) clean-up pollution develop vaccine protein structure MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  31. 31. Playing with Dinos #SPMuseum
  32. 32. Playing with Dinos #SPMuseum
  33. 33. Playing with Dinos Tiny Games •Easy to learn and play (minimal instructions) •Short duration (5-10 minutes) •Need limited props (or none) •Accessible via personal mobile device •Can be played anywhere, with anyone #SPMuseum
  34. 34. Playing with Dinos Tiny Games •Easy to learn and play (minimal instructions) •Short duration (5-10 minutes) •Need limited props (or none) •Accessible via personal mobile device •Playable onsite at the museum •Focused on museum content •Appropriate for all ages •Can be played without staff facilitation #SPMuseum
  35. 35. Playing with Dinos Youth Workshop #SPMuseum
  36. 36. Playing with Dinos #SPMuseum
  37. 37. Playing with Dinos #SPMuseum
  38. 38. Playing with Dinos Why Tiny Games? • Easy to create (relatively) • Flexible use • Low barrier to entry • Adapts to audience needs #SPMuseum
  39. 39. Playing with Dinos Why Tiny Games? • Easy to create (relatively) • Flexible use • Low barrier to entry • Adapts to audience needs • Content! #SPMuseum
  40. 40. Gaming Square Pegs into Dinosaur-shaped Holes: Adventures in Game Design at the American Museum of Natural History Barry @MMMooshme Mooshme.org #SPMuseum
  41. 41. Barry Joseph @MMMooshme Mooshme.org ObjectOriented.info #SPMuseum

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