Online Game Aims To Woo Students to Scientific Process

By Dian Schaffhauser 02/11/15

A new online multiuser game — the first of two developed by two universities and NASA — aims to help persuade middle and high school students to immerse themselves in science. DUST asks players to interact with a fictional world by using real world media and skills. As shown in a video trailer on the DUST site, a meteor shower has spread “mysterious clouds of dust into the Earth’s atmosphere,” making adults fall unconscious. It’s up to the young people to search for answers that will save their parents’ lives.

The game was a joint production developed by students at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and the University of Maryland in College Park, as well as engineers from NASA Langley in Virginia and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Provo-based Read More

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