The most recent addition to the suite of games is called Future Bound, and takes students on a three-hour action adventure to identify their career and college aspirations. The game, which is downloadable for free at www.collegeologygames.com, helps students learn how decisions made in middle school can influence future opportunities. Future Bound teaches players to nurture their interests and fight self-doubt to achieve success in high school, college, and their careers.
“Middle school students are at an age where they begin to make decisions and develop habits that can shape their future college and career paths,” said USC Rossier Research Assistant Professor Zoe Corwin, who directs research for Collegeology Games. “Future Bound lets them explore these paths in a fun and action-packed game.”
Future Bound is the second digital game from Collegeology Games, which is a collaborative project between education experts at the USC Rossier School of Education’s Pullias Center for Higher Education and game designers at the USC Game Innovation Lab. The game is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Collegeology Games provides critical college preparation resources and tools for low-income students, who attend schools where there is seldom sufficient college guidance and support on campus.
Many first-generation and low-income students face additional challenges in accessing information about college and financial aid outside of school. Roughly 60 percent of low-income high school seniors do not attend the universities for which they are qualified because they do not understand the process or their options.
Last year, Collegeology Games launched Mission: Admission, a Facebook game that shows high school juniors and seniors how to master the college application and financial aid process in real life. The game has had nearly 1,800 players to date.
For more information about Collegeology Games, visit www.collegeologygames.com.
This article was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Rossier’s Futures in Urban Ed magazine.