Instructional Design

Aligned with the California NGSS science standards expectation for phenomenon-based learning, AREA154: Apocalypse Division is a designed to be a level above the standard for student engagement. 

Designed: 2017

Aligned with the California NGSS science standards expectation for phenomenon-based learning, AREA154: Apocalypse Division is a designed to be a level above the standard for student engagement.

Designed: 2015

Raiders of Khemoria was developed in response to an NSF grant that would have connected prototype tablet technology with cutting edge networked, multiplayer game-like environment. The player, playing from the first person point of view uses the story line, input from NPCs, and other players to solve CSI-like chemical mysteries. The path of the hero, the student in this case, eventually reaches the end of the line, and must face the new master of Khemoria.

Designed: 2014

Raiders of Khemoria was developed in response to an NSF grant that would have connected prototype tablet technology with cutting edge networked, multiplayer game-like environment. The player, playing from the first person point of view uses the story line, input from NPCs, and other players to solve CSI-like chemical mysteries. The path of the hero, the student in this case, eventually reaches the end of the line, and must face the new master of Khemoria.

Designed: 2012

Atom & Quark was the product of 3 years of research and development to accomplish one task: Aid elementary school teachers in teaching complicated science concepts in a manor which maximizes engagement, excitement, and connection to higher level science learning.

Atom & Quark: Space Adventure was a two disc set containing a dramatic search for information about stars, solar systems, constellations, and other space related data to stop a rogue computer virus which was going to shut down the space station for good! The students embark on short information gathering journeys using a interactive DVD menu to select content and make choices that could determine the fate of the entire station.

Atom & Quark: The Table of secrets found the main characters in the middle of a manhunt. Quark's creator, Dr. Mendelford has been kidnapped and taken to an unknown location. Students search for clues to find Quark's father.

Designed: 2009

Winner of the 2003 Subaru National Science Teaching Award, "Boldly Going" was a fully immersive 5 day journey that took students to the edge of the solar system in search of the 5 lost pieces of the Wave Motion Device, the only thing standing between Earth and the unstoppable juggernaut on its way to destroy the planet.

After winning the national award for science and technology integration, Boldly Going was rebuilt 2 more times. Each successive build included more story flexibility and more cognitive dissonance to drive student curiosity and will to engage with the content.

Designed: 2006