World Ocean Explorer
World Ocean Explorer
An exploratory, educational gaming experience, free for use by ocean enthusiasts ages 10 and up.
An exploratory, educational gaming experience, free for use by ocean enthusiasts ages 10 and up. Read more
A GAME OF OCEAN EXPLORATION & DISCOVERY FOR STUDENTS AGES 10 AND UP
WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER is an educational gaming experience, free for use in the classroom and at home by ocean enthusiasts ages 10 and up. Simulate a walk through a deep ocean aquarium, find marine species rarely seen; engage with ocean systems; click through to educational content and curriculum; and board a manned submersible for exploration of a variety of ocean environments. Aboard the submersible, complete goal-driven mission scenarios or conduct free-play explorations. Choose a locale: a polar sea, a tropical coral reef, a hydrothermal vent at the deepest depths of the ocean, a shipwreck on the seafloor, an oil spill at an offshore rig...all the while gathering samples and data for use in the classroom!
WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER is designed to increase ocean literacy and interest in ocean fields of study. Visitors will be able to engage with the marine environment through interactive displays, learning about species and habitat not otherwise available for display in an aquarium setting.
Take a dive in a polar sea...
Explore a tropical coral reef...
Visit a hydrothermal vent...
...and conduct environmental assessments such as contamination events and ecosystem health.
The manned submersible will be equipped with an array of instrumentation to allow for physical, chemical, biological and geological investigation.
Data and images collected during game play will be stored and can be exported via .txt or .png files for qualitative and quantitative use in the classroom. Our ecosystem modules will encourage goal oriented activities and open discussion toward solving ocean problems and developing a better understanding of ocean systems and health.
World Ocean Explorer, which will be made available to users around the globe, is designed to excite students about the infinite possibilities associated with ocean exploration.
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The goal of this project is to distribute Explorer in traditional classroom and home school environments (via laptop or PC) with future expansion to include additional educational modules and the potential for a virtual reality experience. World Ocean Explorer is designed for ease of use, download, and cost efficiency. World Ocean Explorer will utilize Steam (steampowered.com), a digital distribution platform, as well as direct downloads through our website (worldoceanobservatory.org) to deliver Explorer to classrooms. Explorer will be available absolutely free of charge to any educator who wishes to increase ocean literacy and foster interest in ocean systems in their classroom. The game is being developed using Unity, a cross-platform game engine. For use on Windows or Mac platforms.
Project budget reflects partial cost for the entirety of World Ocean Explorer. This phase represents game development, content integration, and beta deliverable. A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to present supporters and educators with a demo version in early 2019. Funding from outside sources will be allocated for further development, future maintenance, software upgrades, and asset acquisition as needed.
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World Ocean Observatory is strengthened by its relationships with ocean professionals, scientists and visionaries.
- Arctic Futures Institute
- Smithsonian Institution Ocean Portal
- Lawrence Hall of Science, Ocean Literacy team
- New York City Board of Education (STEM)
- Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
- Ocean Health Index
- World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
World Ocean Observatory is a dynamic non-profit run by a small group of staff and developers. Because of our size, we do anticipate minor delays with the project, though we are confident that we will reach our 2019 goals and targets for development of WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER.
World Ocean Observatory offers a unique model for ocean education and communications. We aggregate comprehensive ocean information, consolidate educational resources, promote other organizations’ programs and successes, amplify the ocean message, and multiply ocean engagement with an audience above and beyond that of any individual endeavor. W2O is a collective voice for many ocean voices, a central place of exchange of content and accomplishment, and the promoter of best practices, innovation, and effective connection to the global ocean community. We perform our work and deliver programs such as World Ocean Explorer with energy, imagination, enthusiasm, economy, and efficiency. Our small team reaches a significant global audience through the free distribution of a full catalogue of ocean information. We are committed to the challenge of reaching an exponentially larger number of ocean lovers and ocean advocates. World Ocean Explorer will provide us with another educational tool to reach the most important population of all: the next generation of ocean stewards.
Our ultimate goal, beyond the game with features we’ve outlined in our video and project summary, will be for World Ocean Explorer to become an expansive game with many additional educational features: a visualization theater, a dissection lab, an interactive global display system, and a virtual reality option. World Ocean Observatory will seek foundation funds to make these dynamic additions (and future program improvements) a reality. To learn more about this project, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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