Futuristic Social Game Makes Astrophysics Fun [Future Of Gaming]

Futuristic Social Game Makes Astrophysics Fun [Future Of Gaming]
technology

Astronaut, Moon, Mars And Beyond’ is a web-based, massive, multi-player online game intended to grow interest around science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 27 december 2011

In our research for the Future Of Gaming report, our consulting team noticed a growing tendency towards games being used To Embed Knowledge. One example of this trend is ‘Astronaut, Moon, Mars And Beyond’– a game created by NASA Learning Technologies in collaboration with Canadian game studio Project Whitecard that offers a massive, multi-player online game intended to grow interest around science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ‘Astronaut, Moon, Mars And Beyond’ is a web-based mobile game set in a fictional community in the year 2035. Utilizing educational materials approved by NASA, the game allows players to undertake authentic solar system exploration. For example, gamers have access to resources like the complete “Astronaut Handbook” issued by NASA and complete missions based on accurate renditions of the planet Mars’ environment. Through an interactive, educational online game, NASA hopes to increase formal and informal education in space related fields with the goal of increasing the number of students who will pursue further study.

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