Alternate Reality Game Designer Jane McGonigal

From the Series STEM Trailblazer Bios

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Do you like the challenge and adventure of video games? As Jane McGonigal was growing up, she had fun playing early video games. As an adult, she saw games as an outlet for problem solving and teambuilding.

McGonigal started creating alternate reality games (ARGs), which may be based online but take place mainly in the real world. She enjoys challenging others to engage in modern issues and to work together, as in her game World Without Oil and in The Lost Ring, which she created for the 2008 Summer Olympics. McGonigal was named one of the world’s top innovators by MIT’s Technology Review, and her 2010 TED Talk, “Gaming Can Make a Better World,” is one of the most-watched of all time. But how did she get there? Find out how she developed her passion for games to become the public face of game design.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Subject STEM
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint LernerClassroom, Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.2
BISACS JNF007120, JNF061010, JNF007090
Dewey 794.8'1526
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 790
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 163919
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

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STEM Trailblazer Bios

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