Keith Devlin has proposed a “simulator” to teach mathematics via an integrated videogame world. Essentially he wants to tap the same effect seen in a study of Brazilian street mathematics where mathematics done in a natural environment gives a high success rate even when the exact same test subjects do badly on a formal test of the same concepts.
I’ve always been skeptical of the quoted price tag to develop a system ($100 million) and I’m still skeptical on what a system would look like for mathematics, but fortunately it looks like there’s now a close equivalent for computer programming: Code Hero.
The developers just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign last week raising $170,954 and beating their original goal of $100,000 enough (with added private donations) to also make a massive multiplayer world, just like Keith Devlin describes in his blog post.
The game already has a playable beta if you want to try it out.