Science for All
Scientific Access and Digital Worlds
Why It Matters
Mainstream media often portrays science as an impossibly complex mystery. The scientists we encounter in movies and games are often ultra-intelligent or deeply nerdy. But that isn’t the reality – science is an every day job and scientist are normal folks.
Digital worlds have the power to provide a glimpse into futuristic science fiction dystopia, or an ancient alternate history. But they can also provide a glimpse into real-life science research – no fiction necessary.
What if Science… Was A Game?
What We’re Doing
Project: Research Rush!
Over the last decade, digital game technology has matured significantly and the barrier to making high quality games is lower than ever before. Qualitative studies have shown the power of digital media to subvert stereotypes, such as Star Trek’s Lieutenant Uhura, who inspired black female students to pursue STEM careers. At TerraGames, we believe that fun games about science can help de-mystify scientific research.
To do that, the TerraPrime team of scientists and gaming professionals is coming together to design and build a digital game; one uniquely positioned to emulate the research experience in an engaging package. We have crafted a prototype 3D game in a laboratory setting and are using modern gamification techniques to emphasize and expose a broad audience to the day-to-day experience of lab research.
The Future of STEM Accessibility.
Gaming is growing beyond the stereotypical bounds of shoot-and-loot: the 2020 education gaming market was nearly $700 million in the US, and is on pace to be $4 billion in 2027. Despite this growth, there are no games which capture the energizing search for new scientific discoveries in an accessible way.
TerraGames intends to fill this gap and deliver simple and fun games set in the research lab. Research Rush is just the beginning of a product line aimed to demystify science while securing a niche in a rapidly expanding market.
A Science Game for every Platform and Genre
Games are great educational tools, and TerraGames was invited to connect with science educators at the 2021 ExpBio Conference and talk on the development and impact of Research Rush. Read the abstract here!