August 14, 2012 – The Curiosity Rover landed on Mars on August 6th, 2012 and web surfers now have a chance to earn the first Starlite Digital Badge developed in partnership with NASA. By interacting with a brand-new type of 3D content, visitors will have a chance to join in the excitement by testing out a game that mimics some of the exciting new rover’s capabilities. Try out Curiosity’s ‘ChemCam’ laser, or drill for samples. It’s envisioned that this kind of interactive, space-themed content, in conjunction with an official digital badge, will set a precedent for the way we learn and share.
Earlier this year, Khal Shariff, CEO of Project Whitecard, Dr. Meri Cummings of the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University, and Dr. Bob Starr of NASA presented to a “Badges for Lifelong Learning” jury at the California Academy of Sciences in competition to develop digital badges for mastering NASA and science content. This is part of a new Mozilla system that tracks digital “badges” that recognize life’s achievements. By emphasizing advanced interactivity with robotics, science, technology, engineering and math, the team took one of the top prizes and the new Curiosity Rover Challenge Badge will be the first example of this collaboration.
A digital badge is a relatively new idea. It’s an ‘official’ image file, that contains all the hidden information about that achievement and who won it. The badge can then be shared and posted online. Specifically, the Starlite Digital Badges team will “use Mozilla’s new free and open source ‘Open Badges’ software to issue, manage and display digital badges for learning across the Web.” 1
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About Project Whitecard
Project Whitecard (www.projectwhitecard.com) is a global leader in the development of simulation, training, and educational software. Employing ground-breaking technology and proprietary methods, Project Whitecard has established itself as a world class provider of compelling immersive training systems, using advanced interactive techniques to deliver highly complex learning materials in a new, simplified way. Project Whitecard has established itself as an international leader in the field of immersive learning, virtual training environments and interactive simulations. Project Whitecard is signatory to Space Act Agreements with NASA, according the rights to develop the NASA STEM MMO Game, and a cooperative agreement to develop the Starlite Digital Badges system to incorporate the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure and demonstrate scientific achievement. Project Whitecard works directly with Pug Pharm Productions 2 on badge and gameplay-related technologies.