nasa wants to play

nasa’s learning technologies project office is soliciting for information to create an online world where one could play, tinker, discover, and experiment, all with scientific accuracy.

the rfi states:

“Virtual worlds with scientifically accurate simulations could permit learners to tinker with chemical reactions in living cells, practice operating and repairing expensive equipment, and experience microgravity,”

meanwhile, they could use this for their own research, recruitment, and education base, all while opening it up to online citizens to play and learn.

the purpose of the rfi itself is to solicit for information from potential vendors that could potentially form a partnership with nasa. it lists that official rfp date as mar 2008.

nasa already has a lab and space station on second life, showing once again the value of simulations in education:

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