Gamasutra sister division CMP Technology has launched the free Beta version of a new online environment, Innovation Generation, which is intended to foster technical learning and discovery in kids and "...launch the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians."
The Flash-based interactive environment is centered around features such as 'Explore Your World' - a virtual city that depicts and demonstrates how science, technology and math are involved in all aspects of everyday life.
In addition, other features of Innovation Generation include 'Flex Your Innovation Muscle' - web-based games enabling kids to learn about science, technology, electronics and math, and 'Change the World Bulletin Board' - a virtual bulletin board with the Top 10 ideas that will change the world; winning ideas move to the 'Let's Build It' challenge arena.
Paul Miller, executive director, Innovation Generation, commented of the Beta launch: "Innovation Generation was specifically created to address these critical issues, by connecting children to the world of technology, encouraging discovery and ultimately closing the gap between the demand for innovative technologists and the number of students receiving degrees in science, technology, electronics and math," said."
He continued: "For example, our program features video interviews with real world innovators who share the creation, development and implementation of their special ideas and encourage viewers to start their own unique innovation journey. In a fun interactive environment, the site will build a social community that reinforces that math and science are cool, educating kids to become the Innovation Generation."
Innovation Generation is currently available, in Beta, at http://www.igenstudio.com
, and will be officially available in November 2007 through an annual subscription.