What-If Hypothetical Implementations
WHIMC is a National Science Foundation-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?”