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Scientists teach kids with computer games.

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The Federation of American Scientists:
Creating and researching Learning Technologies to change how we think and learn.

2010 Learning

Technologies Summary

We have been busy creating and presenting our Learning Technologies research all over the US this year. Our three main projects are the evaluation of our learning game, Immune Attack; the development of its sequel, IA2.0; and communicating news and policy about Learning Technologies to you. Here is a small summary of our work this year. See our website for more details.

Are you a teacher with access to PC computers and would you like to test IA in your classroom in 2011? We spent 2010 developing an excellent test of learning and attitudes toward molecular biology. Now we need students in 7th – 12th grades to play IA1.0 for 2 class periods and and then take our survey. Please register here and we will send you more information.

Learning Technology Policy

Many good things have happened this year regarding technology in education. The US Department of Education has made its goals for technology in classrooms clear in its new National Education Technology Plan.

New Learning Tools

MedMyst takes kids to a time in the future when knowledge of basic microbiology and infectious diseases has been lost but is required to save the lives of thousands. Do you remember who Lister was?

N-Squad requires players to solve a mysterious car crash, using clues found at the scene and research conducted about ethanol metabolism, neuro-transmitters, brain plasticity, etc …which leads to conclusions about drinking and driving.

CSI: The Experience. Join forces with our team of investigators, and identify evidence at the scene of the crime.

Surge requires players to rescue tiny helpless aliens by navigating through odd regions of outer space that require you to keep your velocity constant, or your acceleration constant….

Science Pirates: The Curse of Brownbeard helps students understand science processes to better change food safety behavior.

Cellcraft is for everyone and teaches players what mRNA is and how a cell responds to viral infections. It is a lot of fun. And it has platypuses.

Everyone wants to know where they can find more great science learning games! Now they are collected in one great place; My Game IQ. My Game IQ is a download system like Steam but with a focus on younger players and learning games. My Game IQ is free to use, and most of the games are too. Additionally, My Game IQ provides us with data about how long players play, which helps us improve our game.

(MyGameIQ is PC only!)

Create Your Own Video Games

Middle school kids can design real video games and learn systems thinking, iterative design, and collaboration skills while they do. Gamestar Mechanic is a game that leads players through the steps of game design. The interface is very engaging and fun. Check it out!

Participate in Science Game Development!

FAS, Muzzy Lane Software and K-12 are collaborating to create a panel of games that increase middle school standardized test scores…. Hmmm. How we going to do that? Join us and find out!

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A List of Senators Who Voted Against Unemployment Benefits

Amature Author: JD Benish (Unemployed)

Washington Monthly 

(Steve Benen) 

Senate Republicans on Thursday once again blocked legislation to reinstate long-term unemployment benefits for people who have exhausted their aid, prolonging a stalemate that has left more than a million people without federal help. 

With the Senate apparently paralyzed by partisan gridlock, the fate of the aid, as well as tax breaks for businesses and $16 billion in aid for cash-strapped states, remains unclear…. Republican lawmakers — joined by Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska — maintained a unified front to sustain a filibuster of the $110-billion bill. The vote was 57 to 41; the majority was three short of the 60 needed to cut off debate and bring the bill to a final vote. […] 

“If there were ever evidence that this is the party of no, this is it,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who added that several governors would be arriving in Washington next week to make the case for the bill to help states, businesses and those who have been out of work more than six months. […] 

It was the third time in two weeks that Democrats failed to circumvent unified GOP opposition, despite making a series of changes to accommodate complaints about deficit spending.   

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement late yesterday, noting, “By blocking an up or down vote on this legislation, Republicans in the Senate obstructed a common-sense package that would save jobs, extend tax cuts for businesses and provide relief for American families who have suffered through the worst economic downfall since the Great Depression, even after Democrats offered multiple compromises to gain Republican support for the bill.” 

As for the next step, the bill, for now, is dead. If voters in Maine — a state that will be particularly hard hit by Republicans’ decision — start making some phone calls to their senators, the bill may be brought back

The following is a list of all of the Senators who voted to prevent the extension of unemployed benefits in the United States.  These Senators apparently have no empathy for the unemployed in this country. It seems they are driven by Party loyalty and or other interests that have nothing to do with their unemployed constituents. 

However it is true that this unemployment extension of benefits was a part of a Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4213, with the Baucus Amendment No. 4386  but the Democratic Senate leadership is not without blame for its failure. 

The extension of unemployment benefits for the millions of families who are suffering from the worst recession since the great depression SHOULD HAVE been presented and voted on as a separate issue.  What this indicates is that as long as our political system is driven by party loyalty and the big money of lobbyists ,the interests of the working man in this country is not of importance except during the election process. 

Our politicians will say anything at election time to get elected. When elected their promised agendas  serve only their campaign chests not their constituents 

I believe the Senators listed below should join the ranks of the unemployed.  Take this list with you to the polls, write or call them and voice your concerns but most of all let them know that you will not vote for them. 

Senator Nelson-Nebraska





Senator Bunning


Senator John McCain-Arizona



Corker (R-TN) 

Cornyn (R-TX) 

Corker (R-TN) 


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