At the confluence of game design, art, and science is The World of Plankton, a virtual touch-pool aquarium that explains the role of plankton in freshwater ecology. In an installation at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, The World of Plankton allows up to four players to gather around a giant digital touch table to capture and explore zooplankton, phytoplankton and fish species.
The World of Plankton exhibit was funded by the Jefferson Project at Lake George – a collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM Research, and The FUND for Lake George – and designed by Kathleen Ruiz, associate professor of integrated arts and co-founder of the Rensselaer Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program.
Ruiz and Rensselaer students collaborated on the project with Jefferson Project researchers with a goal of introducing the public to the hidden realms of microscopic freshwater organisms and the importance of protecting fresh water resources.
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