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Life Preservers: An Evolution Learning Game

Life Preservers: An Evolution Learning Game

Life Preservers is a video game based on National Science standards that teaches about evolution, adaptation, and the history of life on earth. It is an engaging, fun, pedagogically rich learning experience that can fit within a single class period.  Life Preservers was funded by the National Science Foundation. It was created by the Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab at Michigan State University.  The project is conducted by Professor Carrie Heeter ( and director of game development is Brian Winn ( both at Michigan State University.  Using Life Preservers, we have conducted research on gender, science games, play style, and learning.  To give teachers flexibility when they use Life Preservers in their classroom, the authors created a long and a short... Show More


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Jim Bidlack
Jim Bidlack (Faculty)
5 years ago

It is a fun and simple game that requires a lot of thought.  It makes me think differently about each choice I make and it helps me understand evolution.