Crystal Island: Lost Investigation is a game-based learning environment for middle grade literacy and microbiology. The game features a science mystery about an epidemic that has struck a team of researchers stationed on a remote tropical island. The student’s objective is to identify the spreading illness, recover scattered pieces of another scientist’s notes, and recommend a treatment plan. To solve the mystery, students synthesize information from conversations with virtual characters, books and articles comprised of complex informational text, and test results from virtual laboratory equipment.

Crystal Island was implemented with the Unity3D game engine (unity3d.com). For more information about our team, visit us at intellimedia.ncsu.edu.

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