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A fundamental foundation of basic physics is essential to any engineering program. At the core of physics educational goals lies a complete discussion of the importance and applications of vector manipulations. Students are typically exposed to vectors in their early physics regimen and will continue to use vectors for the entirety of their engineering career. Since vectors are of such importance, it is essential that every student leave the introductory physics sequence fluent in vector algebra. Typically, however, vector manipulation is viewed by students as just another mathematical exercise to be completed, and the intuitive nature of the topic is lost. Here we present a new game-based laboratory designed to engage the student in a competitive environment to disguise the lesson and bring vectors to life. In order to “win” the game, students must fully incorporate basic vector manipulation. It has been shown that this type of exercise increases concept retention and energizes student interaction. In this workshop, educators and students can come together to experience “Sector Vector,” engage with its multiple game modes, and explore its utility as an educational lab kit. Participants will have a chance to play the game, discuss and interact with the designers about the game itself, and learn about its history and implementation in basic physics courses.
Franz Rueckert is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Wentworth Institute of Technology. As an experimentalist, Franz specializes in condensed matter and material sciences. His research interests include the magnetic and electrical properties of transition metal oxides and Mott insulators. Franz enjoys over analyzing movies and playing games of both the tabletop and video variety.
A 2006 graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Derek Cascio is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology. In addition to being a founding member of 4th Law Labs, Derek is also a freelance illustrator and product designer who is currently pursuing his MBA at Northeastern University.
James O’Brien is an Associate Professor of Physics and Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science at Springfield College. James received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in both standard and alternative gravitational modeling in 2010. James holds a position as Vice president of the International Association of Relativistic Dynamics and is a skilled guitarist and avid gamer.
Greg Sirokman is a founding member of the 4th Law Labs team and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Wentworth Institute of Technology. His professional interests are centered around the gamification of education and renewable energy, particularly biodiesel. He is an avid gamer on all platforms but particularly enjoys running role-playing games.