3D GameLab & NOAA win DML Badges Competition!


Wow, friends, what an amazing surprise and opportunity.  Our quest-based learning platform, 3D GameLab, partnered with NOAA to propose Planet Stewards, a personalized high school environmental literacy curriculum and Mozilla badge system inside 3D GameLab.

We are pleased to announce Planet Stewards won a grant in the amount of $150,000 from the  4th Digital Media and Learning Competition, held in conjunction with the Mozilla Foundation and supported by the MacArthur Foundation. This 12-month grant from the Digital Media and Learning Competition will enable the development of badge systems and their supporting technological and learning infrastructure to improve academic achievement, economic opportunity, civic engagement, and opportunities for lifelong learning. These funds will allow us to  contribute to a robust badge ecosystem, where traditional and 21st century skills and achievements are inspired, recognized, translated across contexts, and displayed and managed across the web using Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure. All winning badge systems will launch and join the badge ecosystem in early 2013.

Planet Stewards will offer learner engagement by choosing among quests, and earning experience points, levels, and badges to demonstrate achievements in weather, climate, coastal, ocean, and Great Lake’s science, all aligned to National Science Standards. Whether students are in the field, in the classroom, or engaging in a virtual or game-based experience, Planet Stewards will advance environmental literacy, and promote a diverse workforce that encourages stewardship and informed decision making for a sustainable environment on our planet.

Work begins April 1, 2012, and lasts for 12 months.

Project Team

Lisa Dawley, EdTech, Boise State
Peg Steffen, NOAA
Chris Haskell, EdTech, Boise State
Andy Hung, EdTech, Boise State
Alark Joshi, Computer Science, Boise State

4 thoughts on “3D GameLab & NOAA win DML Badges Competition!

  1. Jonathon Richter May 6, 2012 / 4:49 PM

    Congratulations to you all! 3D GameLab is a brilliant concept and you’ve all worked so hard at making it a user-friendly, applicable reality! I’m really looking forward to the seeing where this all goes!

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