NECC 2009 News

Tabula Digita Debuts Free Science Game

Educational game developer Tabula Digita, maker of the immersive 3D math game DimensionM, has introduced its first educational science game, and it's being offered free for use by students in grades 3 through 5. The game debuted at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) held this week in Washington, DC.

The game, The League of Scientists, is an immersive 2D game developed in conjunction with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) the Monsanto Fund. It's designed to "stem the tide of apathy toward science and make it exciting, memorable and most importantly, relevant," according to Tabula.

To these ends, The League of Scientists comprises four single- and multi-player interactive games in which students create avatars to answer questions to solve puzzles and defeat opponents. The four games include Lab Rat Race, Beaker Blast, Butterfly Boss, and Circuit Center. Science content, provided by ISTE, ranges from biology to geology to astronomy, selectable by the user for each one of the games. Avatars can also collect points through game play that can be redeemed for science laboratory gear in their online labs.

More games are planned for the series.

"We know that students are engaged by interactive games and that teachers are excited about the using them to supplement learning inside and outside the classroom," said Don Knezek, ISTE CEO, in a statement released this week.  "That's why we were pleased to be a partner in this project, developing the content for the League of Scientists and launching it at NECC. "

Further information about the game can be found here.

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