Available Hands-On Demos Include Moon Rover, Race To Mars, and Lunar Quest
Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 – Education and training software developer WisdomTools will be showcasing AstroEngineer: Moon Rover, AeroEngineer: Race To Mars, and Mission Control: Lunar Quest at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio this week (June 23-26). Located at Booth 12201, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, games and supplemental materials will be available for demos and for sale.
WisdomTools specializes in using the power of immersive learning technologies to deliver training solutions and virtual worlds for education, training and performance enhancement. Customized learning solutions include video games, mobile learning, virtual worlds, story-based training and augmented reality as well as blended solutions adapted for use by individuals or groups in mobile, desktop, and Internet-based platforms.
AeroEngineer: Race to Mars – Take a field trip to Mars! Players are challenged to start their own shipping company and find a way to safely move materials from the Moon to Mars. The game is focused on aerospace engineering topics, as well as STEM in general and designed to be used in the home or classroom and presents STEM content in a fun and educational way. Each AeroEngineer mission has unique objectives and specifications that challenge players to use their problem solving skills every time they log-in. Players will have to think hard to weigh design and structure choices and will have to learn to examine frame factors, design trade offs, and use systems approaches to engineering.
AstroEngineer: Moon Rover – There’s a lunar emergency! In this game, players must design and navigate a rover to rescue fellow astronauts stranded on the Moon. AstroEngineer teaches middle school students about the engineering design process and the characteristics of the lunar environment. Throughout the game, players must use their problem solving skills to develop and test solutions when limited by certain environmental, budget, and technical constraints. Great for home, the classroom, or after-school, AstroEngineer offers an engaging way to get your children or students hooked on science at an early age.
AeroEngineer and AstroEngineer are available for download in single or multi-user licenses versions for Windows and OS X at http://bit.ly/wtistebuy
Mission Control: Lunar Quest – An interactive reading experience that exposes students to STEM content in an accessible and engaging format. As children read this fictional, space-themed story, they will find videos, ways to interact with characters, problems to solve, and interactive maps embedded in the text. As part of our Mission Control Series, this iBook is aligned with rigorous national standards so you can be sure that your children or students are having a positive, educational experience while they’re on the iPad. Expands on concepts and curriculum from the AstroEngineer game (free license included). Available on the iTunes Bookstore in Standard and Educator editions.
Support materials for all products are available to help educators with guidance and activities to enrich the curriculum outside of playing the game itself including teacher and parent guides, lesson plans, enrichment activities, and quizzes.
At ISTE 2013, WisdomTools will be demoing their products and be available to discuss them in detail and will also be introducing Mission Control Kits. Each kit is based around a specfic product and consists of supplemental items such as Moon or Mars poster, globes, color printed version of the teacher guide materials, and more that come with a license to the game.
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WisdomTools creates fun and immersive ways for students to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our games and interactive learning tools work in a variety of educational environments and includes everything needed to fully support students and teachers. More information at www.wisdomtools.com
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Founded in 1979, ISTE has become the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. Home to the NETS—a comprehensive framework for digital age learning, teaching and school leadership—and ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, the Society supports its members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education. More information at www.iste.org and watch for #ISTE13 on Twitter for conference updates.
About the National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $7.0 billion (FY 2012), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. More information at www.nsf.gov