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The Virtual Cell

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Design Features  |  LEA Project & Timeline  |  Something Else

Objective: Create an interactive, standards-based virtual world experience that teaches middle level learners about the cell.

image of large virtual world object, spherical with multiple object in its interior

First sketch for Virtual Cell, a small model for developing ideas.
Avatar at right suggests scale. OpenSimulator lets you go big.
Click to view large image

Many milestones for such a project; too many to list here. Broader questions include:

  • What is needed to engage a young learner?
  • Can one meet curriculum standards for many schools with a single design? (I think so.)
  • What technical difficulties emerge in creating content for use as OAR files?

Ultimately, the goal would be to export the VW design in the form of an OAR file, freely available to anyone using VWs in the classroom. This calls for installing and operating a simulator myself for testing and file configuration…so, I have done that.

A mega model of a cell on the horizon; first sketch for The Virtual Cell project in local instance of OpenSimulator.

Can a simple design emerge before the summer months, in time for adventurous teachers to offer feedback?

Got skills? Any help is welcome.

Got learners? Please holler.

Design Features

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LEA Project


Linden Labs, through the agency of the LEA Committee, sponsors content creation regularly with their Artist in Residence (AiR) program. Some of the best designs you will see take space in the LEA sims. If not familiar with the program, you could have a look at some Flickr images and blog posts about the LEA projects that users have found remarkable.

The committee has awarded a full sim, for five months, to develop and exhibit the project described in this page.

LEA Project Timeline

  • A proposal (containing the summary found here) was submitted to the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) committee earlier this year.
  • The proposal was approved on July 30, 2013
  • The Artists-in-Residence Land Grants were announced via blog on August 2.
For style inspiration…VC_design_styles

Written by azwaldo

August 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

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