From FAS Virtual Worlds Almanac
|Use and Demographics|
|Primary use(s)||Education, Gaming|
|Type||3D Downloadable Game|
|Average users online||200-500 users per month|
|Target Audience(s)||Girls, Boys, Children, Pre-teens, Teenagers, Students, Adults|
|Level : Junior High School, Senior High School|
| bio/geo-logywarning.png"Bio/geo-logy" is not in the list of possible values (Arts, Bio/Geo-logy, business, ecology, economics, General Science, health, History, Laws and Rights, Learning Skills, Space and Seas, Geography, Informatics, Literature, logic, Mathematics, Literacy, Second Language, Social, Teamwork, Time Management) for this property. |
|Graphical and Content Features|
|Complex 3-D, such as a realistic human body||Yes|
|Scripting for objects||No|
|Duplication of content for multiple users||Yes|
|Object creation toolkit||No|
|Management and Privacy|
|Restricted Access in Designated Areas||Yes|
Operation: Resilient Planet
An outbreak of sharks! Invasive species! Dismantled oil platforms! Our Resilient Planet is under constant pressure, and it needs the help of local Argonauts who are willing to take on missions to protect and defend our vital ecosystems.
The Operation: Resilient Planet Game puts you on real-life science missions with JASON Host Researchers and National Argonauts. Your success depends on your ability to use the right tools, gather the right data, and use that data to make the right decisions about our planet.
Join famed oceanographer and the discover of the Titanic, Dr. Ballard to meet the star of our game
Pilot the Hercules remotely operated vehicle through some of Earth's most dynamic underwater ecosystems.
Help JASON Host Researchers and National Argonauts solve some of our planet’s great mysteries.
Use real scientific processes and tools to help collect data that is vital to your mission. You will use Crittercam, perform transects, and measure biotic and abiotic factors to gather your data.
Download the game (with a free registration) at www.jason.org. Go to "Resilient Planet" and look for "Resilient Planet" on the left nav.
Take your students on amazing field trips without leaving the computer lab as they reach proficiency in ecology science standards. Teachers can have students perform core ecology curriculum labs and activities in a beautiful 3D setting. There are two Missions: One takes place in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuaries. The second is in the remote oceans of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Students will join National Geographic explorers as they recreate their research. Students conduct population surveys, investigate the diet of an apex predator, perform animal observation studies, analyze local food webs and identify and sort beautiful, exotic animals animals with a dichotomous key.
Activities in this game correlate to state and national science standards. Be sure to see the "teacher resources" pages for down loadable and printable worksheets that can be used in conjunction with the game. All resources, including the game, are free at www.jason.org
Mission: Flower Garden Banks (Gulf of Mexico)
Heads up! Explosives on an oil platform are in the process of being placed and time is running out. Below the surface of the waves, many species must be protected, and Dr. Bob Ballard is asking you to save the turtles. As the researcher, you need to thoroughly investigate turtle behavior. Document their habitat, diet, and ecological niche in order to successfully locate and protect all the turtles in the areas. Dr. Ballard and the turtles are counting on you!
In Mission 2 of The Operation: Resilient Planet Game, you will use cutting-edge technology to see the world from a turtle’s point-of-view and record where they live, what they eat, and how they survive. Using the data you collect, you will put together a plan for ensuring the turtles' safety during the platform detonation. Can you come up with a strategy in time? Will it work? Find out as you embark on Mission 2!
Mission: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Tiger sharks and Hawaiian monk seals are two of the fiercest predators in the ocean off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The two have coexisted for millions of years. But lately, something has gone wrong. The tiger shark population appears to be thriving, while Hawaiian monk seals are endangered. Could there be a link? How can we protect monk seals? Why are there so many tiger sharks? What does this remote region of the Earth have to tell us about our Resilient Planet? And what do the stomach contents of a tiger shark have to do with any of it?
Join National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Enric Sala and Crittercam’s Greg Marshall on this exciting mission into one of Earth’s last remaining near-pristine ecosystems. See things few humans have ever seen before, including life from a monk seal’s point of view! Argonaut Ada Hernandez is your partner in exploring the vast coral reefs and isolated seal hang-outs. Can you solve the mystery surrounding these ancient predators?
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