The Quest to Learn school opened last September in Manhattan, welcoming the first class of sixth-graders who will learn almost entirely through videogame inspired activities, an educational strategy geared to keep kids engaged and prepare them for high-tech careers.
Videogames outperform teachers in one key way: They command attention for hours.
When kids face tough problems in school, they sometimes just give up, which is partly why only a third of eighth-graders earn "proficient" math scores on national assessment tests.
Institute of Play, a nonprofit collaboration of game designers and learning experts who create games to teach school material, tested Quest to Learn within the New York City Department of Education with overwhelming results.
Popular Science January 2010