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BLiSS Sim to Be Featured on App Showcase Website

Tue Jul 24 2012

Two members of the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future design team for the new BLiSS Sim were interviewed recently for a story on the website of the software developer whose program was used to create the free iPad app.

Andrew Harrison, web application programmer, and Dr. Laurie Ruberg, associate director of the Center for Educational Technologies, home of the Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, were interviewed by Christina Ruetz with the marketing division of Appcelerator, the makers of Titanium Studio. Appcelerator and Titanium Studio plan to feature the BLiSS Sim iPad app on their App Showcase website.

Ruetz was impressed with the app and complimented its interface in particular.

"This app is a great example of gamification—taking high-level concepts and packaging them in a fun game interface," she said.

Ruetz had many questions about NASA and whether the Classroon of the Future had plans for more educational game-like apps for mobile devices.

In the BLiSS Sim players learn how four plant types—wheat, potatoes, soybeans, and lettuce—can be grown and harvested to supply human oxygen, water, and food needs.

The BLiSS Sim is now available for free download from the iTunes Store.