A successful virtual world, while serving as an efficient learning tool in itself, can also provide a way to introduce young people to new fields of information. Interactive learning systems like virtual worlds create an enjoyable, entertaining and rewarding space for discovering and gathering knowledge.
Whyville, for example, has been adopted by various work force pipeline projects aimed at encouraging young people to consider technical and scientific careers. Groups like the Texas Workforce Commission have funded Whyville to develop game learning systems to teach advanced manufacturing and biotechnology.
In the 2007-2008 school year, Waco Independent School District piloted Whyville in over 50 Career Connections classrooms for more than 1,000 students. The district integrated the virtual world into its classroom learning systems and created lesson plans available in Whyville discussion groups.
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