Filament Games Unveils Backyard Engineers at TCEA 2015

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Standards-aligned learning game promotes problem solving, teaches engineering concepts

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Backyard Engineers is designed to break down difficult mechanical design concepts into simple, easy-to-learn game mechanics.

The education gaming landscape continues to take shape, and more teachers are looking to implement learning games that teach core subject areas. Filament Games, award-winning developer of educational games and curriculum, will announce the launch of Backyard Engineers at the 2015 TCEA Convention & Exposition in Austin, Texas. Designed to teach engineering concepts and problem solving skills, Backyard Engineers helps students from middle school to high school understand the principles of engineering design through experimentation.

In Backyard Engineers, players lead the charge into a water balloon battle with the kids next door. By designing and adjusting catapults to launch water balloons, students learn how manipulating mechanical components affects their catapult’s range and accuracy. Each level of the game is a unique puzzle that challenges players to find the fastest and most efficient way to soak their neighbors.

“Backyard Engineers is designed to break down difficult mechanical design concepts into simple, easy-to-learn game mechanics,” said Dan White, Filament Games’ co-founder and Chief Product Officer. “This makes a complex subject like engineering much more approachable and enjoyable to learn.”

Like all games designed by Filament Games, Backyard Engineers is aligned with state standards and requirements, including Benchmarks for Science Literacy, Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

Backyard Engineers will be available for purchase on February 18 through the Filament Learning Store. To learn more about Backyard Engineers and gaming in education, visit the Filament Games booth (#226) at TCEA.

About Filament Games
Filament Games is a production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Common Core requirements and specific learning objectives. For more information, visit http://www.FilamentGames.com.

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