What if we were twice as close to the sun?

Yi S., Lane H. C., Delialioğlu Ö.

Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games - FDG ’xx19, California, United States Of America, 26 - 30 August 2019 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1145/3337722.3337762
  • City: California
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Diversity has been a prevalent issue in the American STEM workforce for a number of years. Efforts to increase diversification have resulted in alternate learning spaces such as makerspaces, after school programs, and technology integrated curriculums. Our study, hosted at a non-profit organization serving underrepresented youth, leveraged the video game Minecraft (MC) as a way to engage summer campers in scientific concepts and inquiries over one week. Reoccurring themes from interviews include familial rules on technology use at home, engaging with STEM in a novel way, and a love for building and creating within MC. We discuss our insight into the discoveries and challenges of these types of STEM-oriented program that takes place in informal settings.