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San Antonio Quest: WisdomTools at ISTE 2013

Now that we’re past the July 4th holiday, we wanted to look back to our experience at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2013 conference last month in San Antonio.

WisdomTools was part of the National Science Foundation’s “booth row” where we gave out information about AeroEngineer: Race to Mars, AstroEngineer: Moon Rover, and Mission Control: Lunar Quest. Glenn Larsen and Amanda Morris from the NSF stopped by our booth as did teachers looking for novel ways to teach STEM in the classroom. Even though we didn’t have a giant booth like some of the exhibitors – HP’s booth had a lounge area with couches and phone chargers! – we were very busy helping the many enthusiastic people who stopped by to learn more about our products and give them a try!

Visitors to our booth included many public-school teachers (primarily from early and primary school programs) but it was also interesting to see that a number of technology specialists stopped by who were looking for STEM solutions to use at their schools as well. A person of note who visited the WisdomTools booth was Dr. Shirley Campbell, Curriculum Specialist for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorates at NASA AESP.

Also of interest was the conference’s keynote speaker Jane McGonigal who discussed the power of games to solve real-world challenges and to teach skills like resilience, urgent optimism, and extreme-scale collaboration.

One thing that surprised us at ISTE 2013 was how popular our mascot “Neil” was with attendees. In fact, we had to foil several “astronaut kidnap” attempts!

ISTE 2013 had over 500 exhibits, 4,500 industry representatives, and more than 18,000 attendees, and we were happy to be a part of it and are very pleased with the reception we received. We’re looking forward to ISTE 2014 in Atlanta!

In September we’ll also be attending the 2013 Multi-State 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Conference in Indianapolis where we’ll be discussing two games in development: NanoMech, a game introducing concepts of nanotechnology and Mars Mayhem, a game introducing students to STEM careers. Visit the link below for more information about CCLC.

http://21centurymultistateconference.org

About WisdomTools

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

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