Tabula, ISTE, Monsanto Partner To Develop Science Video Game
The Monsanto Fund, Tabula Digita, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) laid out their plans to develop an immersive, multi-player video game designed specifically to teach standards-based science concepts.
According to the announcement, the target release date is late June 2009, in time for the annual National Education Computing Conference (NECC), held in Washington, DC.
"Three years ago, Monsanto Fund sponsored a study that showed that student interest in science drops at the fourth- and fifth-grade levels. Monsanto Fund is committed to increasing the appeal of science as a career path, and the video game medium has demonstrated itself to be an increasingly powerful way to engage today's digital generation," said Deborah Patterson, president of the Monsanto Fund, in a prepared statement. "We are excited to be a part of a bold new initiative that could fundamentally rewrite the rules of student engagement."
According to the companies, the game development will consist of two phases. Phase one will begin immediately and consists of product development and testing. Phase two will involve market testing and will include information gathered from school administrators, educators, and students.
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