The Atlanta Science Tavern held our first public discussion on Saturday, June 28th at Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur, GA. The topic was "Science and Virtual Reality: The Present and Future of Education through Immersive 3D Worlds".
At issue was the subject of how we can use 3D virtual worlds and video-game technology to help science education. A motivating factor is the decreasing supply of talented and qualified scientists and engineers in the US to fulfill basic needs in industry. Other motivating factors include the loss of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and curiosity among students and workers.
We had a very lively discussion and have recorded most of it to podcast here.
View the discussion points and some screenshots of science-related places in Second Life in this PDF: Science and Virtual Reality: The Present and Future of Education through Immerseive 3D Worlds
Listen to the first part of the discussion here:
Podcast of group discussion part I
Podcast of group discussion part II
Videos Presented During the Discussion
Bill Gates congressional testimony: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/mar08/03-12MSUSInnovationLeadPR.mspx
The Second Life Science Center: http://science-center-group.wikispaces.com/
List of Science Related destinations in SecondLife: http://science-center-group.wikispaces.com/Science-Related+Places
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