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Melissa Peterson
Corporate Faculty


M.S. in Science Education: Free-Choice Learning, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA.
BA, Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Professor Peterson has a Master of Science degree in Free-Choice Science Education from Oregon State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University. She has done extensive work with corporate training and team-building companies.
Her work has spanned the design, development, and implementation of alternate reality games and escape rooms for conference engagement and training, and building multimedia scavenger hunt style team-building experiences for Fortune 100 companies.
She has also been deeply involved in projects related to the iterative design and development of games-based learning within informal science settings. This includes building escape rooms to assess science learning in a science museum and creating a mobile game for member families to play while visiting a zoo.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Professor Peterson's courses include Learning Technologies and Solutions, and Developing Serious Games and Simulations. Her research interests primarily focus on design and development research into integrating technology and games into a novel and interesting spaces, such as zoos and museums, as well as design research into games that require creative output to win.
She has written multiple National Science Foundation grants exploring the use of technology and games on field trips at zoos and museums. Most recently, she has been working on the National Science Foundation and Department of Education grants related to teaching climate science to middle school students.
She presents regularly at the North American Simulation and Gaming Association about the design and delivery of these creative output games. She is ultimately interested in leveraging games and simulations to engage people of all ages with science, and increase the number of mad scientists in the world.

Courses Taught at HU:

LTMS program