Event Title

Evaluating the Efficacy of Black Hole Master and Other Research Awareness Promoting Games for Educational and Research Awareness Merit in High Schools

Location

Buller Hall

Start Date

2-26-2016 2:30 PM

End Date

2-26-2016 4:00 PM

Description

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration's Education and Public Outreach group seeks to ameliorate the lack of public understanding of gravitational wave physics. One such effort is Black Hole Pong, a remake of the 1972 arcade classic developed by researchers at University of Birmingham, UK. Black Hole Pong differs from other educational games in that it stretches the laws of physics to make the user experience more exciting. I present the results of a set of pre-tests and post-tests from a public high school which measures Black Hole Pong's effectiveness in teaching the concepts and benefits of gravitational wave astronomy.

Acknowledgments

Dr. Tiffany Summerscales

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Evaluating the Efficacy of Black Hole Master and Other Research Awareness Promoting Games for Educational and Research Awareness Merit in High Schools

Buller Hall

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration's Education and Public Outreach group seeks to ameliorate the lack of public understanding of gravitational wave physics. One such effort is Black Hole Pong, a remake of the 1972 arcade classic developed by researchers at University of Birmingham, UK. Black Hole Pong differs from other educational games in that it stretches the laws of physics to make the user experience more exciting. I present the results of a set of pre-tests and post-tests from a public high school which measures Black Hole Pong's effectiveness in teaching the concepts and benefits of gravitational wave astronomy.