CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2021
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Founded in 2002, Learning A-Z is a technology company dedicated to expanding literacy through an extensive collection of thoughtfully designed educational tools. Catering to grades PreK-6, Learning A-Z’s resources assist a wide variety of learners.

In the age of COVID-19, Learning A-Z’s devotion to creating engaging online resources has become more crucial than ever. As a forward-thinking company, Learning A-Z is always developing new ways to keep students of many different abilities and interests excited to learn.

Our Definition Station Word Matching Game is a web game that teaches and reinforces vocabulary to children. The game empowers students to further their education in spelling and definition recognition. In addition, our game is customizable to fit the diverse needs of students at many different learning levels.

Upon beginning the game, a deck consisting of ten vocabulary words is created. The student is presented with one definition at a time until they complete all ten words in their deck or until they make three spelling errors.

The student is given a few seconds to process each definition, at which point train cars carrying letters begin rolling down the train track. The student is tasked with using switches to control the train cars’ routes to the train station. A round is won when the student leads the train cars to the station in the correct order, meaning their word matches the definition and is spelled correctly.

Students choose their difficulty level from the home page before they begin playing. Parents, teachers, and older students can use the advanced settings page to further customize the difficulty.

Our game teaches new words and definitions to students in a fun and interactive way.

The software for this game is developed using JavaScript for the front end, which communicates with a MySQL database via PHP.