The University of Houston – Downtown, in cooperation with Tietronix, Inc. and The Houston Museum of Natural Science is building “Resource Exploration for Earth’s Energy Future (REEEF)”, an immersive virtual world computer game which will provide a game-based learning experience for HMNS visitors. REEEF will be built on the highly successful model established by The New Science Energy Game (NCE) developed by Tietronix, Inc. for the Houston Independent School District (HISD), but will be designed specifically for the Wiess Energy Hall, and adapted for informal science centers throughout the U. S. as a travelling exhibit.
One of the key aspects of REEEF will be the incorporation of expertise and support from STEM professionals from industry, professional organizations, educational and governmental entities in the planning, design, and implementation phases. REEEF will also work closely with the larger STEM learning community to develop and provide professional development for teachers, curricula for inquiry learning, workshops on energy education, and competitions. As you can see, organizations such as yours will be crucial to the success of all aspects of REEEF.
That’s why we would like to invite your organization to join us in our effort to enhance access to energy education for informal science settings and the entire K-12 learning community. In addition to offering advise during the developmental stages, we will need volunteers to help with all aspects of implementation. Individual, multi-player, and team competitions will be developed throughout the school year and summer months through industry partnerships, for example. These summer camps and competitions will be extended to locations housing the travelling exhibit. HUNSTEM will connect to STEM professionals in each location to coordinate the participation of local STEM organizations, to support local competitions, and promote use of the game by schools and museum visitors across the country.
We hope you can join us and become a part of REEEF. For more information, or to discuss how your organization can help, please call Dr. Brad Hoge at (713) 221-8289 or send me an e-mail at email@example.com. We are not looking for financial support, just a commitment to helping us build the learning community around REEEF. A letter of support from your organization will go a long way towards helping us secure funding from the NSF for the development of the game and the installation in the HMNS. We look forward to working with you to make this exciting opportunity a reality.
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