The Genius Games Team
Genius Games is a game design company that strives to publish high quality table-top games that are both entertaining and educational. Traditionally, games are meant only for entertainment and are therefore not normally played inside school. School is meant to educate, but traditionally it hasn’t been very fun. Our hope is to design games that are a blast to play, but simultaneously demystify intimidating concepts in the sciences and engage the players in a lifelong process of inquiry.
John Coveyou – Director and Lead Game Designer
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I am a St. Louis native and love my hometown. I grew up in Ballwin, MO and went to Marquette High School where I caused a lot of mischief. I have lots of incredible stories that will make you believe I shouldn’t be alive. Note: I couldn’t write this content otherwise.
I joined the Army as a military police officer when I was seventeen and spent three and half years on active duty and another four and a half years in the reserves. I spent most of my time at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Ft. Eustis, Virginia as well as Samarra and Mosul, Iraq.
While in the reserves I took classes at St. Louis Community College and was selected to give the commencement speech for the 2007 graduation ceremony. I received the Elizabeth Grey Danforth scholarship, a two year full tuition scholarship, to attend Washington University in St. Louis where I completed my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology. I went on at Washington University to complete my Master’s Degree in Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering.
Teaching and Engineering
While completing my Master’s Degree at WashU, I worked as an engineer at Abengoa Bioenergy. After I graduated school I started to teach general chemistry at St. Louis Community College while I worked as a Water/Wastewater Engineer at HDR Engineering until this past fall. I worked as an engineer for a few years as I gained more and more interest in global water issues. This motivated to go back into the classroom!
Hobbies and Recreation
I LOVE teaching – I am not sure I can state this with enough enthusiasm, but I would probably rather sit down and teach someone a topic in the sciences than do just about anything else! In addition to teaching college level chemistry classes as an adjunct instructor, I have tutored high school and college level chemistry, biology and physics for many years.
This last year I started creating interactive social games and card games themed after various biology, chemistry physics topics! I think games are a fun and engaging way to demystify the over-complicated process through which the science are normally taught in school. Game learning can also increase long-term retention and set the foundation for life-long learners.