On May 21, 2011, almost 100 people participated in a mixed-reality, virtual visit with Astronaut Leland Melvin: about half in the Space Gallery at the Miami Science Museum and half via Second Life. We captured over an hour of Mr. Melvin’s fascinating and inspiring talk, but you can view highlights here:
by Ted Myers
The YouthEXPO project has been busily developing a simulation, or “island,” in Second Life as a new model of climate change education. Last year, a prototype of the YouthEXPO island was started in the Teen Grid, but as of January 2011 all Teen Grid islands have been brought into a new, integrated grid.
This new presence gives us the opportunity to get closer to the mini-continent known as SciLands, including other NASA islands, Museums like the Exploratorium and The Tech Museum of Innovation, and other organizations dedicated to science education. This month, we submitted our official application to SciLands, and— wait for it— we’re in! The SciLands Senate sent their official welcome letter on February 12, 2011.
More updates on YouthEXPO in Second Life, and in SciLands, will be posted here.
On Wednesday 21, 2010 Matt Rogers an Atmospheric Scientist from Colorado State University joined Youth EXPO summer program students in-world in NASA Island. He delivered a presentation on the CloudSat mission and answered students’ questions about careers in Atmospheric Science. He blogged about it here. His post was featured on NASA’s Global Climate Change web page.