Sunday, February 17, 2008

IBM ready to PowerUp Free MMO

IBM has launched a new Free 3D educational MMO to teach children about environmental science.

"Innovation is the key to competitiveness in today's globally integrated economy, but just when we need it to skyrocket, interest in math and science has been declining in the United States," said Stanley S. Litow, VP of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs and President of IBM International Foundation. "American competitiveness demands more interest in math and science by students. Virtual worlds and 3D are an unexplored resource in education. We asked our best researchers to incorporate the use of this technology into traditional educational curriculum."

PowerUp has kids trying to save the planet Helios from ecological disasters alone or in groups.

If any one out there is listening, Planet Helios is being destroyed and we need your help!

Hundreds of years ago the nations of our planet realized that the side effects from burning fossil fuels for energy were damaging the atmosphere and changing the climate. They joined together to develop and build technologies to create electricity from available renewable energy resources like wind, sun and water power. Meanwhile the planet's citizens–our ancestors– pulled together and pledged to use less energy. This ushered in a Golden Age of energy balance and ecological harmony.

Available for Windows 98,ME,XP,Vista
Sadly no Linux or Mac Client. I'll get back to you on Wine support.Update: Wine No Worky, Cedega reports need newer DirectX, hmmm.

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The obligatory Youtube Video.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another “Virtual Worlds in the Classroom” story of interest running at hundreds of schools across the from right now. Thousands of students are participating nationwide.

Coverage it in The Denver Post.

In the “Virtual Team Challenge for High Schools” Business Simulation, students design avatars and collaborate in teams inside the Virtual World to apply business skills, learn, and “win”.

This program is underwritten by Deloitte -- to educate students about business, and attract talent to the accounting profession. It's a growing trend -- top companies that recognize the productive value of attracting, retaining and engaging talent are using videogames and "Sims".

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