The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, has announced it has partnered with K-12 educational video game developer Tabula Digita and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to create an immersive video game that teaches standards-based, fundamental science concepts.
Under the partnership, Tabula Digita will develop and market the software to educators and consumers globally, using its expertise gained in developing the DimensionM algebra and pre-algebra video games. ISTE will provide content-rich curriculum for the web-based, interactive science games and disseminate the game to its worldwide network of educators.
The highlight of the new game will be a multiplayer component that will allow students to safely compete against one another or form teams and compete and collaborate with students in local communities or around the globe. With a target release at ISTE’s annual conference, NECC, in Washington DC, June 28-July 2, 2009, this multi-million dollar, dual-phase venture supports Monsanto Fund’s vision of engaging students in science through the creation of innovative science education programs, the announcement states.
Tabula Digita’s previous immersive educational video game offerings are designed to teach, reinforce, and creat mastery of key algebraic concepts. The simulations embed pre-algebra and algebra lessons within three-dimensional settings and help to drive student achievement and enhance student motivation, according to the announcement.
The first phase, including product creation and testing, will begin immediately, followed by comprehensive market testing using input from school administrators, science educators, and students.
Source: Tabula Digita, www.tabuladigita.com/