“The Vanished team attributed this high level of active participation to the tight player community that formed over the game’s eight week run.”
The debates sparked in our reorganization serve as powerful reminders that the university has been blissfully isolated from seismic changes.
“Vanished,” now being played by thousands online, offers a novel experiment in alternative science education.
“Students will be asked to collect data, conduct research, consult peers, and draw conclusions as they try to figure out what happened, and why.”
“It is both a development and a research project,” Osterweil told LiveScience. “What we want to see is whether, through this type of activity, kids evince real scientific reasoning.”
VANISHED is an 8-week online/offline environmental disaster mystery game for middle-school children, meant to inspire engagement and problem solving through science.