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Spore to the rescue

Darwin is a hot topic this year in education, but how do you interest children for his evolution theory? Jeroen Venderickx, from the Natural History Museum in Brussels, uses the free Creature Creator part of the game ‘Spore‘ to make student groups who visit the museum experience first hand how evolution works. His method proves to be very succesful, as classes are currently on a waiting list for this interactive museum visit.

In ‘Spore’, one can create and guide a creature through different steps of evolution.  In the museum, children are asked to create a creature that can keep safe against flying predatures. It’s inteersting to see how they each use different solutions, like putting spikes on the back of their creature, or giving it eyes that look up to the sky. This way, they actively think about evolution.

Another fine example of how (commercial) games can be very educational!