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Whyville

Grade Level:

4-6, 7-9

Game Length:

Medium (less than 1 1/2 hrs)

Teaching Materials:

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Publisher:

Numedeon Inc

Description:

Whyville is an onling game environment geared towards preteens and children. Its goal is to engage its users in learning about a broad range of topics, from science and business to art and geography.

Whyville has received a number of awards from independent parent groups for its educational value and safety. For example, Whyville has received awards in 2006, 2007, and 2008 from iParenting as the best website for kids, and the best on the web for its safety features. In 2008 Whyville received a NAPPA (National Parenting Publication Award) Gold Award as a site that represented the best in its genre for kids.

As a simulation based virtual world, Whyville's users engage in games and roleplay sponsored by a wide range of governmental, non-profit, and corporate entities. Launched in 1999, by Numedeon Inc, Whyville was one of the first virtual worlds for children, and is one of the few virtual worlds whose purpose is primarily educational.