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Filament Games Takes First Place at Games Learning Society Conference

First GLS Showcase honors Reach for the Sun as top learning game

MADISON, Wis. (June 26, 2014) – Filament Games, developer of digital teaching games, was awarded first place in the inaugural Games Learning Society (GLS) Showcase for their immersive science game, Reach for the Sun. As a central event during the tenth GLS Conference, the showcase (previously Education Arcade) acknowledges the best learning games in the education technology industry.

Designed by Abby Friesen, Game Designer at Filament Games, Reach for the Sun allows users to experience life as a flower that must grow, breed and thrive across the four seasons. Students learn about plant anatomy and processes by balancing resources such as starch, water and nutrients in order to grow and reproduce. The game is designed for use in an inclusive science classroom by a diverse range of students, and is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

“Filament Games is excited to be recognized as a leader in learning games by the showcase judges and our industry peers,” said Dan White, Filament Games Executive Producer. “We are dedicated to creating games with play mechanics that facilitate meaningful learning experiences.”

The GLS conference provides a forum for game researchers, game designers and educators from around the world to share their findings and design efforts. This year the conference hosted the first GLS Showcase, which recognizes the top academic and industry professionals in games and game-based learning. Nominees were asked to present their games to a panel of judges who selected the top five games in the showcase. Conference attendees then voted on their favorite game from the five finalists. Based on the results of that vote, the judges made the final selections. More than 20 learning games were featured in the showcase, with Reach for the Sun taking home the top prize.

About Filament Games

Filament Games is a production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core requirements, and specific learning objectives. For more information, visit

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