Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Jennifer deWinter, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Keith Zizza, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Dean O'Donnell, Committee Member

Identifier

etd-042513-111837

Abstract

Despite equal educational opportunities, a gender gap develops in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics field amongst American adults. This is caused by various societal factors including pressure for females to pursue more “feminine� careers, biased grading systems, and a vicious cycle of mathematics teaching. Even though females score as well as males on standardized tests, during their middle school years there is a steep drop off in females interested in pursuing STEM careers. This project attempts to close this gap by creating interest in mathematics during these students’ most formidable years through the use of computer games. Parallel Hearts, a 2D puzzle game designed to teach mathematics to 7th grade students, is examined and successfully tested in a classroom setting to show that female players of this age can be targeted and interest can be created in the STEM field.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Interactive Media and Game Development

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2013-04-25

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

serious games, games, STEM, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, interactive, media, game, development, gender, gap, education, educational game

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