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Review by Chad Sansing, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2017

Gamestar Mechanic

Captivating manga romp teaches kids game design

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • Math

Skills
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
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4–9
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Susan E. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
New York, United States
Great tool for getting started and engaging some learners who might not have been engaged before.
This software forced students in an engaging way to work through game design principles in order to win the sprites needed to make games. One student realized that he needed additional parts for the game he wanted to make and asked if he could go back to the tutorials to earn more "raw materials" for his own game making. Too often, these types of programs let students play without ever learning. Gamestar Mechanic is good at not doing this - especially in conjunction with the Mouse Create program.
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