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3D GameLab Wins Award in National Competition

By:    Published 10:26 am / March 5, 2012

3D GameLab, a research project in Boise State’s Department of Educational Technology (EdTech), has been named a winner in the national Digital Media and Learning Badges for Life Competition and awarded $150,000.

“We are thrilled to be included in this group of winners who will partner with Mozilla as they begin to build the nation’s first infrastructure for creating certified badges,” said Lisa Dawley, EdTech professor and lead investigator. “Badges will become an important mechanism for certifying and displaying learning achievements in a way that’s open and accessible to everyone.”

The other investigators are Chris Haskell, special lecturer, and Andy Hung, assistant professor, of the EdTech department in the College of Education, and Alark Joshi, assistant professor, of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering.

To win the award, EdTech and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) teamed up to create Planet Stewards for high school students. Planet Stewards allows students to create their own personalized learning pathways in environmental and science literacy.

Using NOAA’s content and 3D GameLab’s game-based learning platform, students are engaged by choosing among web-based quests. During the quests, students earn experience points, levels, and badges to demonstrate their achievements in weather, climate, coastal, ocean and lake science, all aligned to National Science Standards.

Whether students are in the field, in the classroom, or engaging in a virtual or game-based experience, Planet Stewards will advance environmental literacy and promote a diverse workforce that encourages stewardship and increasing informed decision making for the nation.

The Digital Media and Learning Badges for Life Competition is a joint effort with the Mozilla Foundation. It is part of the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition funded by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory).