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Welcome to Planet Oit!
Planet Oit is an online computer game developed by a team from North Dakota State University 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 contain plausible phenomenon which are populated with plausible objects, 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. User registration is required but at no cost. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
High speed Internet connection
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-499
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: North Dakota State University

Editor: R. E. Teed