Intern Spotlight: Disaster Deduction Detectives

Hi there! My name is Aaliyah and I am a 17-year-old game-testing intern here at 7 Generation Games. This is my second year as an intern at this company, and I am loving it. As a student who has a growing love for everything tech, this job has been the perfect fit for me.

Disaster Deduction Detectives is one of the many games I have tested. I am here to give you my perspective on the game as a student.

You can click here to visit the game webpage. Click here to play right away (you just need to create a new username and password).

Lab background.  Dr. Edwin explains use of sandbags
If you click on highlighted words in the game, the definition pops up

Disaster Deduction Detectives is the perfect game for students with growing minds, which is why it is directed towards sixth-grade students. It challenges your mind by making you think and introducing you to new math skills and statistics terminology. Terms like “median” and “average” are introduced and we do a good job explaining it. Not only is vocabulary explained very well, but the game also does a great job with teaching statistics and data analysis.  As an example, players organize information, such as different weights of items like fish. Organizing the data from least greatest helps students understand both median and average.

Math instructional example in DDD, with plotting data

As for the mini games that were incorporated into the game as a whole, students would enjoy them very much. There are multiple games incorporated into the game, which I have included pictures of throughout the article, so students wouldn’t get bored of doing the same game over and over again. It can improve their reaction time, their hand-eye coordination, and it makes learning fun!

Two First Nations fishermen in front of water

As I played through this game, I loved how it not only involved math, but how it also involved real-world problems. It talked about things like flooding and forest fires, which are very common problems in a lot of Native American communities. I also found it very interesting how different states were incorporated into the game. I have never played a game and had my home state with all the different counties I am familiar with displayed.

Another perk of this game is that it involves vocabulary. There were a lot of new words that I didn’t even know as a 17-year-old. The magnifying glass feature allows you to highlight words and opens up a descriptive definition that helps you learn new vocabulary throughout the course of the game.

Picture of pike, which is an invasive species and apex predator

The game isn’t very time consuming, so it can be played in the middle of the day as an educational pick-me-up. Unlike other video games nowadays that basically rot the brain and do not build students’ special abilities, this game is a very high step up. It gives students the opportunity to be a detective themselves and gives them problem-solving strategies that can help them not only throughout this game, but for a lot of their education. 

I think of these features throughout Disaster Deduction Detectives and how much it would greatly benefit the students in my community. It would not only benefit the students, but the teachers as well. Our research has shown that using our video games in the classroom motivates students to take more risks and increases their participation. Teachers can use this game as a reward, and the kids would still be learning something from it!

Hi! I’m Aaliyah, an intern here at 7 Generation Games. This is my second year working as an intern. Game-tester is my title, but I also do other tasks like write posts for our blog. Working remotely was difficult for me at first, but I have grown to love it. As a young adult who is very interested in the IT field and plans on going to college for it, this job has been perfect for me and has given me a lot of opportunities and experience. Cybersecurity is my main area of focus, but with anything involving computers and code and tech, I feel I soar.

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