Educational Game Design: Inquiry and Analysis

Over the past few weeks, we’ve done a lot of small tasks to help us get ready to design our game. We’ve investigated the Scratch interface. We’ve discussed the need for learning how to code. We’ve started thinking about the questions we will need to have answered in order to complete this project successfully. We’ve taken a look at previous games that have been created in order to critique and analyze them as well as to get some inspiration and ideas from them.

Now it is time to bring all of those things together. Your first assessed task is to collect all of the work that you have been doing and submit your inquiry and analysis. As the task-specific clarifications have four sections, I would advise you to organize your work in a similar manner:

  • Section 1: Statement of problem and justification for solution
  • Section 2: Research Plan
  • Section 3: Analysis of existing solutions
  • Section 4: Design Brief

The design brief should be informed by the previous three sections. There might be some parts of the brief that seem to repeat what you’ve said in the first three sections, but the idea is that the design brief should stand on its own. Assume that other people will only see the design brief so it is important that it is complete.

This will be due at the end of class on September 29. In addition to uploading it to Veracross, I will ask that you also upload it to Turnitin. This may require you to create an account. We will discuss how to do this in class.

3D Printing: The Design Brief, Design Specs and Product Test

We’ve explored TinkerCad as a way to create our designs.

We’ve written summaries for our research into 3D printing.

We’ve interviewed 3 possible clients for our project.

These are all important stages of our research. Now it is time to write up the Design Brief, the Design Specs and the Product Test. All combined, these things will make up your Investigation and will be assessed on Criterion A.

The Design Problem and Design Brief

Here is an excellent resource that describes the purpose of the design problem and the design brief. After reading through the resource, write down what you feel the design problem and design brief are for your chosen client. Be sure to include appropriate information from our research (your research summary, TinkerCAD explorations, etc.) in your work.

Design Specifications

The design specifications are a list of requirements that your design ideas should fulfill as well as a list of constraints that you need to be mindful of. Your design specifications should not limit your ability to design or create your final product. They should help you identify things such as the objective of your solution (what will it accomplish?), details about the finished product, and the intended usage of your final product. Many of these things should come from your discussions with your client. Your design specs should be divided into three categories: Required (“My design must…”), Desirable (“It would be nice if…”), and Constraints (“My design cannot…”). Write down as many meaningful design specs as you can find.

Product Test

How will you test your final product against your design specifications? How will you test how effective your final product is at solving the design problem you identified? You need to think about these measures of success now so that you can objectively evaluate your product at the end of this project.

These three things make up the Investigation stage of your project. This needs to be written up and submitted to Veracross. It will then be assessed and you will have the opportunity to resubmit it if you like.

MYP Design and Technology
Discovery College MYP Technology

Brought to you by… Grade 9.

Our project for the first semester in Grade 9 Technology is to identify areas of concern within some aspect of the YIS community and create a public service announcement to address that concern. You will need a copy of the design folder template to help guide your work. In addition, you need to create a folder in Drive and share it with me ( It should be titled First Last – Tech9-X, where X is your section number. Be sure to place your copy of the design folder template in this folder.


The first part of this project is to investigate public service announcements to understand what makes an effective PSA. You will also need to investigate and decide upon an area of concern. It is important that this is an actual area of concern and not a perceived area of concern. You will need to determine who this concern affects (who is your audience? who are you designing this for?) and who you can ask for expert advice (who is your client?).

In addition to writing a design brief and design specifications, you will need to create an annotated bibliography (MLA format) of that supports your research. I have started a list of sites on Diigo that you may find helpful. You will have 3 weeks to complete your research and investigations before needing to submit your work. Specific dates for each class will be published on the HW calendar. Assessment criteria will be shared and discussed in class.