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Filament Games and Smithsonian Team Up for New App

By katie.cblohm
November 22nd, 2013

Filament Games and Smithsonian Team Up for New App

Shutterbugs teaches kids scientific principles through a trip to a virtual zoo

MADISON, Wis. (Nov. 21, 2013) – A new partnership between Filament Games, award-winning developer of real teaching games, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center inspires kids with a mobile game expedition to the National Zoo.

Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp is a free teaching game that shows 3-to-5-year-old children how to describe movement and motion while virtually visiting exotic animals at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

“In designing a digital game based on this curriculum, we were thrilled to work with a company like Filament Games, who has repeatedly demonstrated success in designing games around children’s natural curiosity and innate love of learning,” said Marjee Chmiel, manager for publishing and technology at the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “Our goal was to bring one little piece of the rich world Smithsonian has to offer to young learners anywhere in the world. Filament Games lovingly brought to life the unique animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo.”

Shutterbugs equips players with a virtual camera to take pictures of the animals as they perform motions. The game responds to individual players, adjusting the difficulty depending on the child’s progress. As a child masters a vocabulary word, he or she progresses to a new and challenging word, and is rewarded with access to a printable coloring page.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards, the app can be downloaded from the App Store for iPad and Google Play for Android users. During the game, Ada, the zookeeper, leads children through the park, helping them stay on the lookout for animals that are swimming, running, wiggling and stomping.

“We are honored to partner with the widely respected Smithsonian Science Education Center,” said Dan White, Filament Games executive producer. “Together, we created an elegant and effective game-based learning experience that enhances reading and art skills, develops vocabulary and gets kids excited about animals.”

The free game is available for use in the classroom or at home, providing teachers and parents with completion reports that show vocabulary words the child has mastered and words that need improvement. Shutterbugs is also available for free online at the Smithsonian Science Education Center website:
http://www.ssec.si.edu/games/shutterbugs-wiggle-and-stomp.

About Filament Games
Filament Games is a game production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Common Core requirements and specific learning objectives. For more information, visit www.filamentgames.com.

Media Contacts
• Robin Kurzer, Filament Games, 773-844-6798, rkurzer@filamentgames.com

• Katie Waite, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x26, katie@cblohm.com

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