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When Fish Fly - Pike Place Market Kinect Game Simulation Project

Since we're on the topic of Kinect and education... Today's project puts educators and kids together, working with each other to build something special (and given its Kinect related, fun too)

When Fish Fly - Pike Place Market Kinect Game Simulation Project

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The U.S. event combined an exhibit of all teacher projects, hands-on professional learning and new activity we dubbed “learning excursions,” where we organized educators into collaborative working groups and sent them to interesting sites around Seattle including Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Seattle Underground, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The activity served multiple of purposes, we certainly wanted to have these educators see some of the highlights of the Seattle area, as opposed to be locked-in a conference center on Microsoft campus for two days. We also wanted to see what kind of learning activities might be generated when top-tier educators are paired up with similar subject-matter and grade level peers and sent to unique places in a community and asked to come up with an engaging, 21st century learning activity that could be used by teachers across the country.

The results were amazing and much more than we expected. We could tell early on in that this cohort of IEF educators were special. Once we assigned the groups via our online community ideas were flying back and forth and brainstorming had begun! As the educators arrived on-site they quickly connected face-to-face as bonds had already been formed online. We set them off on one lovely Seattle afternoon and groups spent a few hours at their destination gathering artifacts, taking pictures, videos and finalizing their learning activity as a team.

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So, we have winner. Chosen by their peers. A team which brought together computer science teachers, a math teacher and a media arts teacher, created the project titled: “When Fish Fly – Pike Place Fish Co.” integrating computer science, fine arts, business and economics asking students to “…collaboratively research, design, and integrate a game simulation replicating Pike Place Fish Market that incorporates the business process, customer interaction and physical energy across multiple content areas. The completed project will support dynamic interaction using the Kinect system and will serve to facilitate an active learning model of education in the targeted curricula.”

The intent of “When Fish Fly” is for students to work in a collaborative design team to create an Xbox Kinect game (using the Kinect SDK among other tools) that replicates the sights, sounds and “sense of place” of this iconic venue within the Pike Place Market (you all have likely seen or heard of the Pike Place Fish Co., it’s the fish market where they throw whole fish when you place an order!). Of course not all students will have a chance to visit this market so the lesson was extended to be applied to any noted venue or location in your community.

Here’s the team that created this project. They will be joining hundreds of innovative educators from around the globe this November in DC:

  • Doug Bergman, computer science, Porter-Gaud High School, South Carolina
  • Johnny Kissko, math, Frenship High School, Texas
  • Margaret Noble, media arts, High Tech High, California
  • Donna Thomas, computer science, Sherwood High School, Maryland
  • Lou Zulli Jr., computer science, Lakewood High School, Florida

If you would like to see the actual project, complete with alignment to 21st century skills and even a code sample, go here (you may need to register with the Partners in Learning Network to view the project, if you are not already a member, it is free to join).

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Project Information URL: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/teachertech/archive/2011/09/26/flying-fish-amp-kinect-help-lead-the-final-u-s-team-to-the-partners-in-learning-global-forum.aspx, http://us.partnersinlearningnetwork.com/Resources/Pages/ITNResourceViewer.aspx?resid=513

Project Download URL: http://us.partnersinlearningnetwork.com/Resources/Pages/ITNResourceViewer.aspx?resid=513 (In the PowerPoint deck are embedded resources and links to everything)

Project Source URL: http://us.partnersinlearningnetwork.com/Resources/Pages/ITNResourceViewer.aspx?resid=513 (In the PowerPoint deck are embedded resources and links to everything)

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//Our Fish controlling method.
public void FishThrow()
{
    if (bFishThrown == true)
    {
        FramesThrown++;

        if (FramesThrown < FishThrown.Height)
        {
            FishThrownPosition.Y += -FramesThrown;
            FishPosition.X = Rand.Next(800) + 100;
            if (FramesThrown == 1)
            {
                FishAngle = 0;
                int RotationDirection = Rand.Next(100);

                if (RotationDirection <= 50)
                { EndAngle = Rand.Next(50); }

                if (RotationDirection >= 50)
                { EndAngle = -Rand.Next(50); }
            }
        }

        // This allows for random X values when tossed.
        if (FramesThrown == 1)
        {
            float FishDestination = Rand.Next(800) + 100;
            FishMovement = (FishThrownPosition.X - FishDestination) / FramesToThrow;
        }

        FishThrownPosition.X += FishMovement;
        FishAngle += EndAngle / RotationSpeed;

        //Fish movement - Flight path
        if (FramesThrown > FishThrown.Height)
        { FishThrownPosition.Y += (float).1 * FramesThrown; }
    }

    FishThrownScale.X *= 1.005f;
    FishThrownScale.Y *= 1.005f;
}

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  • Mike LemannMike Lemann

    SOURCE LINKS DOES'N WORK: "403 FORBIDDEN" ?????????????????????

  • Greg Duncangduncan411 It's amazing what a professional photographer can do...

    @Mike Lemann: The source links seem to work fine for me. Maybe you need to register with the Partners in Learning Network. Here's a snip from above;

    "If you would like to see the actual project, complete with alignment to 21st century skills and even a code sample, go here (you may need to register with the Partners in Learning Network to view the project, if you are not already a member, it is free to join)."

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