Selene: A Lunar Science GaME
Would young people learn science better if it were packaged in a videogame?
That's the question at the heart of the
project. Originally funded by NASA and now carried on through a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation,
studies videogame learning and the ways researchers can assess how effectively that learning takes place.
The Center for Educational Technologies® at Wheeling Jesuit University created the
online game to see how organizations like NASA could best use videogames to introduce important science concepts.
Named after the Greek lunar goddess,
challenges players to learn the major geologic processes scientists believe formed the modern Moon. Players construct their own moon and then pepper it with impact craters and flood it with lava. It's a great opportunity for students to learn about lunar geology while helping researchers study some key videogame design principles. In addition, playing
offers insights for continuing
International Observe the Moon Night
The Center for Educational Technologies produced
to conduct its research. If you're a student between the ages of 9-18, we'd love to have you play. The game takes about an hour to complete, but you can spend more time after checking out
's various resources about the Moon. To play, though, you have to be enrolled by an adult recruiter to ensure parent/guardian consent for your participation.
If you're an adult who'd like to help out, click on the Recruiter button at left and help us find players to take part in the study. Being a recruiter is simple and doesn't involve a lot of paperwork. The whole process involves getting oral consent from a parent or guardian, then forwarding
registration access to your recruited players. It's that simple. Join us in this exciting venture and be a part of cutting-edge research sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0814512.
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