What-If Hypothetical Implementations
WHIMC is a NSF-funded research project conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Maine, and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami. Collaborators and data collection sites include the C-U Community FabLab, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Learn 01 in Miami, and the Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center.
The goal of WHIMC is to develop computer simulations that engage, excite, and generate interest in science. WHIMC leverages Minecraft as a learning environment for learners to interactively explore the scientific consequences of alternative versions of Earth via “what if?” questions, such as “What if the earth had no moon?” or “What if the earth were twice its current size?”
Feb 2019 – Check out Dr. Lane & Dr. Comins at AISL!
Jan 2019 – Look out for our talk at ISTE this June. Learn more about our project and ways to implement games like Minecraft into your own classroom.
June 2018 – It was great working with enthusiastic campers and staff at Urbana Neighborhood Neighborhood Center and FabLab. Now to dive into data!
May 2018 – Our 2018 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase entry received a Faciltators’ Choice Award!