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Learning through play: an educational computer game to introduce radar fundamentals

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The information exchange has evolved from traditional books to computers and Internet in a few years' time. Our current university students were born in this age: they learn and have fun with different methods as previous generations did. These digital natives enjoy computer games. Thus, designing games for learning some selected topics could be a good teaching strategy for such collective and also for undergraduate university students. This paper describes the development and test of an educational computer game revolving around radar. The objective of the game RADAR Technology is to teach students about the fundamentals of radar, while having fun during the learning experience. Based on the principle that you learn better what you practice, the authors want to induce students to discover a difficult to understand topic by proposing them a different experience, in a format better adapted to their generation skills. The computer game has been tested with actual students and the obtained results seem to be very promising.
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ELECTROMAGNETICS, PERFORMANCE, COURSES, VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES, MOTIVATION, DESIGN, Computer applications, education, educational courses, radar theory

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Vercauteren, Laurens, Inigo Cuinas, and Jo Verhaevert. “Learning Through Play: An Educational Computer Game to Introduce Radar Fundamentals.” IEEE ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION MAGAZINE 57.2 (2015): 66–74. Print.
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Vercauteren, L., Cuinas, I., & Verhaevert, J. (2015). Learning through play: an educational computer game to introduce radar fundamentals. IEEE ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION MAGAZINE, 57(2), 66–74.
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Vercauteren, Laurens, Inigo Cuinas, and Jo Verhaevert. 2015. “Learning Through Play: An Educational Computer Game to Introduce Radar Fundamentals.” Ieee Antennas and Propagation Magazine 57 (2): 66–74.
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Vercauteren, Laurens, Inigo Cuinas, and Jo Verhaevert. 2015. “Learning Through Play: An Educational Computer Game to Introduce Radar Fundamentals.” Ieee Antennas and Propagation Magazine 57 (2): 66–74.
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Vercauteren L, Cuinas I, Verhaevert J. Learning through play: an educational computer game to introduce radar fundamentals. IEEE ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION MAGAZINE. 2015;57(2):66–74.
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L. Vercauteren, I. Cuinas, and J. Verhaevert, “Learning through play: an educational computer game to introduce radar fundamentals,” IEEE ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION MAGAZINE, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 66–74, 2015.
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  abstract     = {The information exchange has evolved from traditional books to computers and Internet in a few years' time. Our current university students were born in this age: they learn and have fun with different methods as previous generations did. These digital natives enjoy computer games. Thus, designing games for learning some selected topics could be a good teaching strategy for such collective and also for undergraduate university students. This paper describes the development and test of an educational computer game revolving around radar. The objective of the game RADAR Technology is to teach students about the fundamentals of radar, while having fun during the learning experience. Based on the principle that you learn better what you practice, the authors want to induce students to discover a difficult to understand topic by proposing them a different experience, in a format better adapted to their generation skills. The computer game has been tested with actual students and the obtained results seem to be very promising.},
  author       = {Vercauteren, Laurens and Cuinas, Inigo and Verhaevert, Jo},
  issn         = {1045-9243},
  journal      = {IEEE ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION MAGAZINE},
  keywords     = {ELECTROMAGNETICS,PERFORMANCE,COURSES,VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES,MOTIVATION,DESIGN,Computer applications,education,educational courses,radar theory},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {66--74},
  title        = {Learning through play: an educational computer game to introduce radar fundamentals},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MAP.2015.2420492},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {2015},
}

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