|‘Science Island’ based on educational game|
Science Island, an educational video game, was created by FCHS teachers, Dr. William Schmachtenberg, David Campbell and Ken Kilinski, and won first place in a national competition.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Dr. William Schmachtenberg, David Campbell and Ken Kilinski, all teachers at Franklin County High School, have won first place in a national educational video contest.
The video, "Science Island," was submitted to ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) at its June conference in San Antonio, Texas.
"We were invited to submit a video for the competition," said Schmachtenberg. "We won for best science video."
The software for the video was designed by Schmachtenberg, who also took care of the formatting and its placement on iTunes.
Kilinski edited the video and Campbell supplied a musical soundtrack.
Science Island is based on an educational video game that strands players on a deserted tropical island. Players can explore the shipwreck and collect science data. Their questions are answered and feedback is given for incorrect answers.
Players also look for fossils and collect sea shells and gold coins for their inventory, all while avoiding erupting volcanoes and protecting the island from attacking ships.
"Science Island was used in the technology summer camp at the Gereau Center, and I used it to prepare students for the SOL test in Earth science classes last spring," said Schmachtenberg.
The video spawned software for the PC, Mac, web and Android 10-inch tablets. It can also be downloaded to iPad 3 and 4 on iTunes, Schmachtenberg said.
"I am in the process of making it run on all iPads, iPhone 4 and 5 and the iPod touch 4 and 5," said Schmachtenberg. "Science Island was released a few weeks ago, and within 48 hours, it has been downloaded in 30 countries."
Science Island can be viewed via youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QHAXMBT158.
It can be played free of charge at www.evwllc.co.