Europa Prime: A Co-Designed, Inclusive STEM-Learning VR Experience (2023)
As part of UniVRsal Access: Broadening Participation in Informal STEM Learning for Autistic Learners and Others through Virtual Reality (2005447), a neurodiverse team from EdGE at TERC and Landmark College co-designed the VR experience Europa Prime. Europa Prime is intended to engage a broad audience, including players with sensory, attention, and/or social differences, with astrobiology and other STEM learning.
Set in the future, the VR experience is fictional, but it builds from current space exploration efforts. NASA’s Europa Clipper is scheduled to launch in October 2024; its mission: to determine whether there are places below the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, that could support life. In VR, we can explore what might come next.
TERC – UniVRsal Access: https://www.terc.edu/projects/univrsal-access
MXTreality: Europa Prime Blog – https://www.mxtreality.com/blog/categories/europa-univrsal
NSF Award: 2005447