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Geology Explorer: Planet Oit Information
Planet Oit is an online computer role-playing game in which the students play interplanetary explorers as a means to teach the concepts and principles of physical geology. Planet Oit has been designed as a coherent geophysical space where geological regions (desert, mountains, plains.) contain plausible phenomenon (mesa, playa, cave) which are populated with plausible objects (outcrops, boulders, veins), of plausible types. Planet Oit currently contains over 50 locations, nearly 100 rock and mineral types, 200 outcrops, veins, boulders and so forth, and over 40 instrument and tool types. The students' task is to obtain the appropriate equipment and perform tests on the samples they find before they can report their findings back to Earth. Students also create a geologic map and are asked to interpret the geologic history of the area. User registration is required but at no cost.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
Java
Recomended Browsers: PC - Internet Explorer 5.0 or above; Mac OSX - Safari.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1998 - 2005. World Wide Web Instructional Committee
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-102
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Types of resources
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Brian Slator
World Wide Web Instructional Committee