Open UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities)

The MIT Game Lab is looking hire 3 UROP-eligible students this Fall and IAP to design and GM a short role-playing game for high school and MIT students around engineering ethics and diversity, equity, and inclusion topics (specifically, implicit bias and stereotype threat). Pay or credit is available.

Please apply via ELx if you are interested!
The full description is below:
Interested in educating high school students in professional ethics through games and puzzles?
The MIT Game Lab and Education Arcade are designing a role-playing game affording 11th grade students an introduction into how DEI and ethical actions are shaped in organizational settings. These students will play a three-hour game as an engineering team investigating a space-station mishap. A post-game moderated workshop will help students to reflect on the underestimated impact of (i) professional ethics and (ii) implicit biases on workplace conduct. The project will create role-play and workshop materials for school instructors to conduct as an after-school activity, created as a prototype in the Fall and tested with local high school students during IAP.
We have 2 game designers on staff and are looking for 3 UROPs to design this project with us!
UROPs will gain experience in:
  • Game design (alternate reality games & role-playing games)
  • Puzzle design for engineering problems
  • Creating innovative learning experiences in ethics and engineering
  • Scriptwriting
UROP Responsibilities include:
  • Working alongside and reporting to a staff designers
  • Designing and developing one or more narrative modules or puzzle designs
  • Collaborating with other UROPs to test and iterate on their designs
  • Participating in IAP pilot as game masters or non-player characters (NPCs)