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Episode Info:

On today’s episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin sits down with Nick Metzler, a game designer at Spin Master and past winner of Chicago’s Toy and Game Week’s Young Inventor Challenge. The two discuss contextual learning and strategies for gamifying a classroom to effectively motivate young learners. We learn about Nick’s journey as a contestant in the Young Inventor’s Challenge and how it opened up his career and pushed him into the professional sphere of the game and toy industry. We also get insight on Nick’s day to day activities as a full-time game designer and learn about some of the games he developed.

Episode Topics and Interviews

  • Board Gaming with Education Updates- GBL Course 00:53
  • Who is Nick Metzler? - 1:49
  • Learning through Gaming: Contextual Learning and Gamification - 4:24
  • From Hobby to Career - 7:48
  • Gamification in the Classroom - 13:02
  • "That's Cheating" and "Squashed" - 19:54
  • Game Design Full-Time - 22:34
  • Last Words of Advice: Growing Design Thinkers - 25:21
  • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round - 31:19

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Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contribution of their song "Retro Gamer" for our Interview Segment. This song can be found in full on this music archive. Also, thank you to Kevin MacLeod ( for his creative commons 4.0 contribution of "Getting it Done" for our Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round.

Thank you to Dallas Welk, the editor of this episode!

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