A New York School Teaches Students Through Videogames. Is It Working?

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Students learn to measure angles using 3-D controllers in a projection teaching lab.Institute of Play

At least one group of seventh graders is happy to go back to class this month: students at New York City's Quest to Learn, the first school that teaches solely through game-inspired lessons. Its teaching style is based on the concept (reported by Popular Science in January) that kids absorb more information if they learn it while solving complex tasks, rather than just reading about it and completing context-free problem sets.

"When I learn stuff for a reason, and not just to memorize it, it sticks in my brain," says Aviv Porath, a seventh grader at Quest. So far, test scores support this notion—just eight out of 74 Quest students attended summer school, a result that encouraged the New York City Department of Education to enroll a new class of sixth graders this month.