‘Wired the Game’: University of Cambridge are Making a Video Game to Teach Students About Electricity
Stumbled upon this and it’s rad! ‘Wired the Game‘ is in pre-beta and playable online, for teaching students about electricity via a simple WASD (+E) platform video game. You’re a person exploring a seemingly endless building full of ‘rooms’ that must be ‘wired’ up properly using fuel cells, terminals, and other devices, in order to proceed to the next room, and the next room, and the next room, and so on. Switches, series & parallel, AVOW diagrams, and other fun-damental concepts make their appearance as you progress through the video game. The full video game will eventually be 130 puzzles!
You’ll quickly find yourself in large-ish ‘rooms’ and at that point I can only hope you have a large monitor to piece the puzzle together to proceed 🙂
Diarmid Campbell from the University of Cambridge gives a nearly 20-minute explanation of the game and its motivating factors:
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