Teacher Review for Gamestar Mechanic

Students are excited to create with this software.

Susan W.
Classroom teacher
Mary of Nazareth Catholic School, White Oak, Pennsylvania
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
How I Use It
We use the free version. I am using it with grades 5-7. They understand the concepts and are meeting the challenges of creating an interesting game. I found some students prefer this to the coding sites like Tynker or Code Avengers. I would like to diversify near the end of the year so that some students can use the coding sites and some will use this. It will depend on time constraints.
My Take
I like this software for the students. Since they play video games, they are progressing through the levels rather quickly so they can create and publish games. On the other hand, I am stuck on a level, so I can not create as much as the students. But they are requesting to create games. I am challenging their logical thinking to make more than a basic game.