Software/Game Developer Valve shows again that they've got their hearts and heads on the right spots.
"Learn With Portals" is the name of the current project started by Valve, trying to engage children in schools with science, make them use their heads to solve physics puzzles and get a feeling for problem solving.
Bringing the Portal-franchise into schools sure will be a lot of fun for the kids (and teachers)!
Intrigue. Engage. Inspire.
When we heard the buzz surrounding the new role video games are playing in education, we had to throw our hat in the ring. Today, innovative educators are finding ways to incorporate Portal™ and Portal 2 into their classrooms—helping teach physics and critical-thinking skills. It’s eye-opening to see how video games can be used in amazing and unexpected ways to help educate our next generation.
One of the biggest challenges in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math is capturing the students’ imaginations long enough for them to see all of the possibilities that lie ahead.
Using interactive tools like the Portal series to draw them in makes physics, math, logic, spatial reasoning, probability, and problem-solving interesting, cool, and fun which gets us one step closer to our goal—engaged, thoughtful kids!
Until the 20th, the original Portal is gonna be free for all those who don't yet own it anyway.
If you're new to Steam as a platform, you can pick up Portal and get the full feature unlock for free, without having to buy anything. Yet.