Valve offering Portal for free as Educational Tool
It’s not too often (if ever) that high quality products are offered for free, so when we discovered that Valve is offering their fantastic puzzler Portal for absolutely no charge, we’ll admit we squeed a little. If you’ve yet to experience the magic of Portal, head on over to Steam to download it for yourself.
Apparently the free offer is part of a push to use interactive mediums to draw students in to learning about subjects which might otherwise be dull and boring.
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!
Valve have updated their youtube channel with a video showing a class field trip to their studios, where a group of seventh graders used Portal as an educational tool to learn more about engineering, spatial reasoning and maths.
I wish my school took me to awesome places like that. All the school trips I went on were to boring places like ‘museums’ and ‘art galleries’. Pffft. Kids these days. You have it all!