OPEN’s GENERATION ONE PROTOYPES FEATURING NATIONAL PARKS AND NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES
Virtual National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries
Through the support of the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and several National Parks partners, OPEN has been designing, developing and classroom researching interactive 3D learning environments with many upper-elementary and middle school classrooms in New York City, New Jersey, Indiana, and North Carolina.
We are focusing our current research and development efforts on how students and teachers utilize and then learn and retain information on traditional subject matter, that is presented through game-like stories and curriculums on topics related to special places now designated as National Parks/World Heritage sites, National Historic, and Marine Sanctuaries. These prototype environments leverage our commitment to experiential learning through realistic RPGs. Our current first generation prototype worlds incorporate specific grade level curriculum and standards-based test modules for schools as well as stories and characters relevant to each park setting. We are learning a great deal through our ongoing research on games for learning - games of impact that will guide us in future developments with our upcoming EverSpire series of RPGs.
Though National Parks and World Heritage sites, we intend to trace the human family story and teach the many and varied ways that humans have developed to live in and act upon their environments. Through EverSpire game storylines and park expansion packs, we will show how the law of unintended consequences has come into play many times throughout our long history of community migration and settlement. Interested community members don’t just read about or watch history; they become a part of it as it unfolds.
Through affiliate company Eternity Road Studios, we will be developing our next generation 2 commercial systems, that will feature new and distinctive set of complex interactive game dynamics, persistent characters, and compelling stories, which will include park and marine sanctuary topics which reflect the environmental and development issues we face in our 21st and 22nd century world.