Eighth Grade, Video & Computer Games Science Projects (17 results)
You already know that playing video games is fun, but so is making them, and that takes a lot of science! Try your hand at making your own video games, or explore how video games impact how people think, remember, and move.
Virtual reality (VR) headsets are becoming increasingly popular. Video game designers use a variety of programs to create the amazing 3D worlds that you see when you turn on your favorite video game, and many of those worlds are now also designed to be compatible with VR headsets. Can you use a computer-aided design (CAD) program or video game engine to design your own virtual world that can be viewed using a VR headset?
Did you know you do not have to be a programming expert to create…
Virtual reality (VR) headsets are becoming increasingly popular with consumers for things like viewing 3D pictures and videos, or for playing video games. However, dedicated gaming headsets like the Oculus Rift® and PlayStation® VR can cost hundreds of dollars. Some headsets, like Google Cardboard™, which is literally made out of folded corrugated cardboard (Figure 1), are much cheaper because they can use any smartphone as the screen.
Figure 1. A…
Do you play video games on a console or smartphone? Have you ever wished you had the power to change how a game worked, or even to create your very own game? This project will show you how to make your very own video game and controller using the
Raspberry Pi Projects Kit.
Check out the video to see what this simple, but fun, project looks like. Of course, you can design the looks and gameplay of your game any way you like!
Male or female? Fat or skinny? Outgoing or quiet? What is your stereotype of a "gamer"? Do your friends have the same mental picture of gamers? How about your parents? This science fair project will help you examine whether the stereotypes of "gamers" actually matches the reality of who plays video games.
Can computer games be used to educate? Pick a game that incorporates educational material. There are a variety of educational computer games on the market in the areas of math, history, science, and language, as well as many simpler versions free on the Internet. Make up a test based on the subject area covered by the computer game. Have your volunteers take the test before and after playing the game. Does playing the computer game improve people's score on the test?
This project is a fun way to try your hand at programming. You'll learn how to create some simple animations, and you'll perform tests and make measurements to help you create more realistic-looking animations. All you need to get started is a Web browser and a text editor (like Notepad).
Have you ever wondered about the various types of music in a video game you've played? You may not have
paid much attention to the music, but its job was to enhance your gaming experience. In fact, the
wrong kind of music can detract from the atmosphere of the game. Can you imagine the music in Mario
KartTM playing in Street Fighter®? In a game, music can indicate many different
things, such as a special or new event, shift of mood, or the arrival of a character. This kind of music is…
"Pow!" Wow, what an awesome punch that character has! Ever wondered what goes into making a punch look good in a video game? Or any other character motion sequence, for that matter? Try this science fair project for a firsthand look at how art and timing can create memorable game action.