Transforming learning and formative assessment through digital games


GlassLab games are powerful, data-rich learning environments that improve learning with formative assessments teachers can trust.

Our games engage students in important challenges and provide immediate feedback to help them improve. Real-time estimates of student learning empowers teachers to personalize instruction for deeper learning experiences.

GlassLab is creating original games and mods of existing commercially successful games (like SimCity) – all aligned to Common Core State Standards, and designed to support acquisition of critical 21st century skills.


Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy
develops persuasion and reasoning skills for STEM & 21st century careers.

Theme: ELA & STEM connected
Grades: 6-8
Subjects & Standards: Common Core ELA, 21C Skills, STEM
Platform: iPad
To learn more or download the app free today, visit www.argubotacademy.org.


In SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! students play the role of mayor, solving real world problems.

Theme: Systems Thinking & Environmental Impact
Grades: 6-8
Subjects & Standards: Common Core ELA, Next Generation Science, 21C Skills
Platform: PC or Mac
To learn more or try for free today, visit www.simcityedu.org.


GlassLab is breaking new ground in the games industry and the field of learning and formative assessment.

Check back here frequently for updates on new projects, products and events as they are announced.

Amplify Video
A video about GlassLab and SimCityEDU from Amplify.

Mar 18, 2014
Nov 26, 2013
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GlassLab Short
A short video introduction to GlassLab and SimCityEDU.

GlassLab brings together leaders in commercial games and experts in learning and assessment to leverage digital games as powerful, data-rich learning and formative assessment environments.

The Lab represents a groundbreaking collaboration between Institute of Play, the Entertainment Software AssociationElectronic ArtsEducational Testing ServicePearson’s Center for Digital Data, Analytics & Adaptive Learning and others. With best-in-class talent and intellectual property from EA; trusted expertise in evidence-based assessment from ETS and Pearson; the ESA’s distributed network of thought leaders and public advocates; and Institute of Play’s expertise as a leading innovator in 21st century learning design,
GlassLab is creating a new model for commercial game studios and learning organizations to come together to do great work.

A project of Institute of Play, GlassLab is made possible through the generous support of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Get Involved

GlassLab is actively seeking additional partners to contribute to this pioneering effort. The following are just a few of many ways that you can get involved. Please to start a conversation.

  • Make your game products, tools or brands available to GlassLab.
  • Support the Lab’s work with an in-kind donation.
  • Become part of our Expert Network, providing insight and ideas during our development process.


GlassLab Team in action

Our team draws on world-class talent to produce innovative digital games, and top learning and assessment experts from academia, industry and the non-profit sector to produce new approaches to assessment design.

Interested in joining the team? Opportunities are currently available.

  • General Manager

    Institute of Play

  • Game Director

    Institute of Play

  • Executive Director

    Institute of Play

  • Junior Game Programmer

    Institute of Play

  • Assessment Director


  • Assessment Advisor


  • Art Director

    Institute of Play

  • Development Director

    Institute of Play

  • Research Scientist for Learning Analytics

    Institute of Play

  • Technology Lead

    Institute of Play

  • Distinguished Learning Games Scientist


  • Partnerships Manager

    Institute of Play

  • Senior Game Programmer

    Institute of Play

  • Game Design Lead

    Institute of Play

  • Product Manager

    Institute of Play

  • Game Artist

    Institute of Play

  • Learning Designer

    Institute of Play

  • Software Manager

    Institute of Play

  • Psychometrics Consultant


  • Psychometrician


  • Senior Communications Manager

    Institute of Play

  • Director of Learning & Assessment

    Institute of Play

  • Fellow

    Institute of Play

  • Junior Game Designer

    Institute of Play

  • Visiting Assessment Fellow

    Institute of Play

  • Principal Platform Engineer

    Institute of Play

Advisory Council

Youth Council


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