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Selene: a lunar construction game

CyGaMEs Team



Charles A. Wood, Ph.D. – Lunar Scientist, CoPI

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Charles A. Wood is a planetary scientist who specializes in the geologic processes and history of the rocky and icy worlds of our solar system. He has published peer-reviewed research about Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, asteroids, meteorites, comets, and Titan, but his longest area of expertise concerns the Moon.

Wood has been involved in mapping and cataloging lunar craters, identifying and investigating impact basins, and modeling volcanic eruption processes. Currently, he is the chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Lunar Nomenclature Task Group. Wood has published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers in Science, Nature, Icarus, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, and others. He has presented results at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science conferences, AGU meetings, and other venues, such as the European Planetary Science Conference in 2011. Wood has also published four books, including most recently, The Kaguya Lunar Atlas (2011) by Shirao and Wood (Springer), and The 21st Century Atlas of the Moon (2013) by Wood and Collins. He is an ardent popularizer of lunar science, having written the “Exploring the Moon” column for Sky & Telescope for the last 15 years, and he publishes the blogs Lunar Photo of the Day (10 years) and The Moon-Wiki (8years).

Wood was the content expert for the development of lunar game Selene. In fact, CyGaMEs Selene is his mental model of introductory planetary geology. Wood has thought long and hard about how to integrate and organize scientific knowledge and process for how the Moon formed and changed over time. We conducted task analysis to map his mental model. Then we applied mapping to translate the knowledge specification of what is invisible inside his head (what scientists think) into the Selene game (what players do). Wood advised about content-related modifications to the environment and interpretation of data and participant protocols.

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