Lead in China Implementation of Program. Activate! Game Design STEM Education Program. Dandelion Middle School. 2010 - 2013

Community Outreach

Activate! is a website, a curriculum, and a space for playing, designing and sharing games. Activate! uses the lens of game design and the related tools of iterative design and programming to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and develop stronger issue literacy on environmental and energy-related topics. Activate! is targeted for youth between the ages of 13 and 18. The Activate! site enables youth to make games using the game development tool "Game Maker." While Activate! can be used online by youth individually, it can also form the core of classroom and/or after-school programs. ‚Äč Benjamin Bacon implemented the Activate! program in Beijing, China. in 2010, with funded support from the AMD Foundation, he was able to build a computer lab for the Dandelion Middle School for migrant children, located in Daxing District, Beijing. With teams of Parsons graduate students, Prof. Bacon was able to initiate and run design education summer programs at Dandelion Middle School and Renmin University High School in Beijing between 2010-2013. This work was presented at the Stanford Center at Peking University Beijing.

Service Performed By


  • Lead in China Implementation of Program


  • 2010 - 2013

Service or Event Name

  • Activate! Game Design STEM Education Program

Host Organization

  • Dandelion Middle School

Location or Venue

  • Dandelion Middle School

Geographic Region