High School Research Paper Topics Physics Game

Some of the most significant research on game-based learning is done by GlassLab (the Games and Learning Assessment Lab), which was established with a “significant investment” from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in cooperation with the MacArthur Foundation. GlassLab designs and implements game-based formative assessments which, according to SRI, “are being developed in response to the climate of student disengagement that currently exists in many classrooms.” The concept is simple: kids like video games and the hope is that “by applying Evidence Centered Design (ECD), the game-based formative assessments address the needs of both students and teachers for reliable and valid real-time actionable data within a motivating learning environment.”

The way students play and learn today is the way they will work tomorrow.

So far, the research seems to be showing success. The 2013 study, which is the most significant to date, found that “when digital games were compared to other instruction conditions without digital games, there was a moderate to strong effect in favor of digital games in terms of broad cognitive competencies.”

“For a student sitting in the median who doesn’t have a game, his or her learning achievement would have increased by 12 percent if he or she had that game,” said Ed Dieterle, Senior Program Officer for Research, Measurement, and Evaluation for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in a MindShift article last year. In the world of education achievement, 12 percent is significant.

In the same study, SRI also looked at simulations, and in those studies, students improved by 25 percent. That’s huge. But how do they define a simulation? Think of something that’s more interactive than an animated anatomy lesson and less game-like than Nintendo’s Super Smash Brothers.

The SRI report describes it this way: “A computer simulation is a tool used to explore a real-world or hypothetical phenomenon or system by approximating the behavior of the phenomenon or operation of the system.” According to the SRI study, a simulation differs from a game in that it does not employ a points or “currency” based reward system and it doesn’t have level based achievement goals. In addition, simulations have an “underlying model that is based on some real-world behavior.”

The promise of game-based learning lies in the premise that the technology provides an efficient and effective tool with which to replace a points-based extrinsic motivation system with a contextualized hands-on learning experience. Unlike this SRI study, which uses the word “simulation” to describe this kind of learning, I’ve made the distinction between “gamification” and “game-based learning.” As I've  argued before, “we don’t need gamification if gamification is about competition and commodification of learning, there’s no need for more commodified motivation. We don’t need more gold coins or badges.” SRI’s findings provide evidence to support this claim.

The key point here is that games themselves are not necessarily competitive. Play is useful because it simulates real life experience -- physical, emotional, and/or intellectual -- in a safe, iterative and social environment, not because it has winners and losers. The achievement lies in the act of learning and understanding itself. Whether or not we make a distinction between “simulation” and “games” the SRI study shows that interactive digital tools can offer an efficient means to provide effective contextualized learning experiences.

For some of us, these findings are hardly surprising. Many teachers have already intuited how beneficial game-based learning can be. According to the recent teacher’s survey undertaken by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, 55 percent of students play games at least weekly and 78 percent reported using games in the classroom at all.

These teachers are not newbies. The 694 K-8 teachers surveyed have an average of 14.5 years of experience in the classroom. And 30 percent of the teachers said the games are equally beneficial for all students. But there also seemed to be a trend that identified games as most beneficial for “low-performing students,” “students with emotional/behavioral issues,” “student with cognitive or developmental issues.” In other words, students who have been labeled and/or diagnosed because they struggle within the traditional school environment, benefit from game-based approaches. From the study: “65 percent of teachers note that lower-performing students show increased engagement with content, versus only 3 percent who show a decrease.” This is good news.

In addition, 53 percent of teachers find that video games foster positive collaboration between students. Anyone who has watched kids play video games together has seen this trend: They give each other tips and advice, they share tricks. They teach each other to understand the games’ systems. No wonder gameplay YouTube videos are so popular. Gaming inherently involves systems-thinking which is best taught through collaborative learning. Still, 52 percent of teachers assign digital games as independent activities for students. Only about a third (34 percent) “assign digital games to groups of 3-5 students.” And only 29 percent “direct the whole classroom to use digital games together.”

What accounts for this preference toward independent gameplay among teachers? Perhaps it is leftover residue from an old paradigm that values individual achievement over collaboration.

It's becoming more apparent that teachers will need to do more than just embrace new technologies. They will also need to embrace the epistemological foundations of these technologies. There are connected, networked ways of knowing that will dominate the digital future. Sharing and collaboration go hand-in-hand with integrating non-competitive and non-commodified ways of playing. The way students play and learn today is the way they will work tomorrow.

The MindShift Guide to Games and Learning is made possible through the generous support of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and is a project of the Games and Learning Publishing Council.

  • Virginia Kearney 13 days agofrom United States

    Hi Selena. For a science journal, you need to record the date, the information you get from a source and the bibliographical information. Generally, I suggest that students write a short summary of the information they get from a source and then their response to that information, which can include what they learned, what questions the information made you think about, and what you thought was useful or important.

  • Selena Leong 2 weeks ago

    This real helped me I was looking for topics for my research paper for days. Great thanks alot.

    Any advice on how to write a science journal ?

  • Virginia Kearney 2 weeks agofrom United States

    Hi Gloria, there are some life science samples in the topics above. Here are a couple more:

    How is DNA analysis of ancient bones changing our concept of the evolutionary tree?

    How is Biopharma changing healthcare?

  • Yolo 2 weeks ago

    Thanks so much

  • Gloria T. Jauod. 2 weeks ago

    I haven't tried doing science research but I want to try. I am interested on life science. Could you give me some samples?

  • Donald Trump 2 weeks ago

    Good topics

  • JEROME 3 weeks ago

    LOVE SCIENCE

  • Nkateko 5 weeks ago

    Thanks for your idears they are so helpful

  • Virginia Kearney 7 weeks agofrom United States

    That's a good idea explorer.

  • explorer1234 7 weeks ago

    More topics related to space science would be great!

  • Valerie Chan 7 weeks ago

    Interesting research on a great app for me to get a great time to share.

  • Angelyn 7 weeks ago

    I love all the topics. All of it are interesting. Well, i need something for my research that the output will be tangible or can be use by others. Thanks for the help.

  • Alice 2 months ago

    can you do a topic on drugs cigarettes and smoking?

  • Jerome Allen 2 months ago

    This is a very great website

  • Virginia Kearney 2 months agofrom United States

    Hi Bella--You need to look at my science fair article about growing flowers.

  • bella 2 months ago

    hi love the articles but Im doing a lab that the title is: will a flower grow faster and more efficiently in cold or hot water but I don't know that purpose is? or the hypothesis.

  • katie eldeen 2 months ago

    ok thankyou so much you have been very helpful I think I have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to do

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Katie--I'd start with an example of when the physics of motion is helpful, or used, or happens in daily life. To decide which sort of motion to research, I'd go to some physics websites (or even Wikipedia) and look up the different kinds and see which one you find most interesting, or which one you think you could find the most information about. Sometimes, I suggest that before choosing a topic that students do some preliminary research, looking for information. If you can't find anything useful in 30 minutes or so, you should probably choose another topic.

  • katie eldeen 3 months ago

    hi Virginia, I love your articles. I'm doing a 10-15 page research paper on physics of motion. this is a huge topic and I really need a good attention grabber. I have no idea what section of motion I'm going to be discussing, I also need some advice there. if you could help I would really appreciate it

  • lilibethlopez0123@gmail.com 3 months ago

    I need this for my science and research class. I could see it's of great help.

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Mega Sai, It would be a good idea for you to look at my other articles about how to write research papers and argument papers.

  • Mega Sai 3 months ago

    hi ,i am so much intrested in doing research on an intresting topic thatsy i have selected the topic related to nano materials.can any one give an idea how to approach in the topic related to nanomaterials

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Katie--You might want to look at my article on Technology topics because that has information about physical science topics. If you are working on Creationism, you might want to see my article about "Can Christians believe in Evolution?

  • katie eldeen 3 months ago

    I need a cool topic about physical science, can you help?

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Good point, Jenna--I'll add a Chemistry section.

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Good point Jenna--I'll add a Chemistry section.

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Yes, Eli--astronomy is the study of the universe and that is part of science.

  • Virginia Kearney 5 months agofrom United States

    Marley, you have a good idea about endangered animals. Here are some samples: How do we best save endangered animals? Or you can pick a specific one to talk about. How do we balance the interests of people and animals on our planet? Does buying up land and setting it aside as a nature refuge work to save endangered animals? Does Ecotourism help save endangered animals?

  • Marley 5 months ago

    Maybe topics about endangered animals? Those are very interesting to me and other people.

  • Dameon 5 months ago

    infectious diseases like the flesh eating disease is interesting to read about.

  • lauren 5 months ago

    really interested in molecular biology and genome mapping

  • Virginia Kearney 5 months agofrom United States

    Sure Samantha, although I don't know what information is available on that topic. You can search for "dog communication" in Google Scholar to get some idea of any studies that have already been done.

  • Samantha 5 months ago

    we are doing a project for science and i want to do a project on how dogs communicate, would that be related to science?

  • lol 5 months ago

    lol lol lol lol

  • mahnoor 5 months ago

    please add some plant related topics

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    Interested in animals

  • maria 6 months ago

    interested in moleculer biology and medicine

  • Ahmed 6 months ago

    I am Interest in Data and communication network specially in performance analysis of VoIP over Wimax networks

  • Tshivhinda Murunwa 6 months ago

    Thank you so much

  • Virginia Kearney 6 months agofrom United States

    Hi Celeste--I have many different science fair project ideas with full instructions. Look at my profile for ideas.

  • Riley Bozarth 6 months ago

    Plenty of cool topics in the Astronomy and Physics category

  • Celeste 6 months ago

    I am at school and I wanna ask. What would be a good project for science research class? Were having difficulty picking a project for our 'science fair'. It isn't really a science fair though more like a presentation. What good ideas can I use with like space stuff?

  • Virginia Kearney 6 months agofrom United States

    EunJae, you might want to look at my science experiment about the salinity of water in agriculture.

  • EunJae 6 months ago

    How about in agricultural aspects? Are there any common problems that arising nowadays? I really need help. Thank you.

  • kabiru 6 months ago

    it was interesting

  • Yusuf kurt 6 months ago

    I'm really interested in theoretical physics

  • Virginia Kearney 7 months agofrom United States

    Hi Lily, I have a lot of different science fair projects I have designed. The one that seems to suit your idea best is "How does salt water affect seed germination." It is on owlcation, and you can find it by searching my profile page or googling it, or this link: https://owlcation.com/stem/Science-Project-How-Doe...

  • Lily 7 months ago

    Hi Virginia. I have a science fair coming up and I need help for a topic. So I've already put down environmental management as my topic and "destruction" as my heading because I was going to conduct an experiment on something else. But now that won't work and I'm planning on doing a research project. So do you have any ideas of what I could say that has anything to do with the destruction of the earth? It would help if you would reply ASAP. Thanks xxx

  • alamira.alwiraikat@gmail.com 7 months ago

    Thank you for this information and I am learning from you

  • Virginia Kearney 7 months agofrom United States

    Hi Annie, you might try one of the following: Do multi media science presentations work more effectively to help students retain information? Which type of multi media teaching method is most effective for science students?

  • Annie Blase 7 months ago

    hi! ..I would like to have a research on teaching science through multimedia,, any suggestions what would be a good topic? Thank you..

  • Virginia Kearney 8 months agofrom United States

    Jessica--Good topic idea! Something like: What is the value of space exploration of other planets for humans?

  • Jessica Jones 8 months ago

    I think something on how looking at other planets in the universe helps us learn more about our own would be a good topic

  • Virginia Kearney 8 months agofrom United States

    Hi Suzie! You've come to the right place. I have over 100 articles on writing and other articles on doing science projects. You can see my articles under my profile or just search for a topic. You can also see other articles written by me linked on the side.

  • Suzie Sheep 8 months ago

    Hello Mrs. I would like some more tips for my students in my class. They all need a project on something. Cheers.

  • Mini 8 months ago

    Thank you so much ma'am

  • Virginia Kearney 8 months agofrom United States

    Hi Mini--I will add some microbiology topics. Thanks for the suggestion. Here are a couple of ideas taken from currently important research: What is the recent update on the Corynebacterium species and their clinical significance? What are the best ways for medical personnel to handle the growing problem of antibacterial resistance? Can older techniques like anti-microbial peptides be used effectively to treat bacteria?

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