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MIT J-WEL pk-12 education innovation project update

Game Development Workshop by MIT J-WEL interns

As part of the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab grant in pk-12 education innovation, two MIT students arrived in Nepal for summer internship on game development at OLE Nepal in early June. Meghana Vemulapalli and Abishkar Chhetri worked together with OLE Nepal’s team on research and development in game-based learning. 

On July 9, 2019, they shared their findings on using games for learning through a fun and interactive workshop with the OLE Nepal team. The team members are quite excited about applying new approaches and ideas in developing new games for middle school math and science subjects. The workshop also included group-based game development activity, with teams creating and demonstrating their own paper prototype versions of learning games.

Here are some photos from the workshop:

Learning games prototype testing with end-users 

Our team of programmers and students from MIT have been working on developing new digital learning games for middle school math and science subjects that are now being prototyped and tested with students. They have been working on research and development of games for students from grades 6-8. 

On July 30, 2019, Meghana Vemulapalli, Regan Maharjan and Ravi Karki visited Gorakhnath Secondary School in Kirtipur (which is OLE Nepal’s pilot program schools for Raspberry Pi computers), for prototype and user testing of a game developed by them. By testing the game that was in the paper prototype stage, the team got the opportunity to interact directly with end-users and get feedback on any issues and identify the areas for improvement.

Here are some photos from the end-user testing at Kirtipur: