Spongelab Interactive is celebrating the first anniversary of Spongelab.com, the free online science education platform that has seen worldwide use and critical acclaim. Since launching last June, the Spongelab platform has reached impressive milestones. Spongelab.com is rapidly growing into a global science community full of educational multimedia, complete with online teaching tools and a detailed graphic data-tracking system.
“In one year, we’ve grown from a minnow to a blue whale,” says Dr. Jeremy Friedberg, lead designer and co-founder of Spongelab Interactive. “As Spongelab expands, we can better provide state-of-the-art online science education technology to anyone in the world – at no cost.”
The online science learning solution now reaches users in 151 countries and its user registrations continue to grow at a rate of 40 percent monthly. Spongelab’s targeted audience of teachers and students have accessed over 1.5 million pieces of educational content thanks to an expanding library of over 800 games, images, videos, lesson plans and more.
To accommodate increasing user activity, a fun and safe social community is being built into the website that will allow users to share lesson structures, follow other science teachers and learners, and use experience points towards personalizing their Spongelab experience.
Spongelab has received critical acclaim through a number of awards including an Honourable Mention from the National Science Foundation for their interactive human anatomy game Build-a-Body. In March, Canada’s Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, visited the Spongelab office to try out the Toronto studio’s educational games.
Since the launch of Spongelab.com, several educational games have been created in-house by the Spongelab studio. The public beta of Dragon Breeder, released in May, teaches players about genetic inheritance. Other recent interactive multimedia include the biology trivia title Knowledge Mine, gem-bursting puzzler Biochem Gems, as well as the interactive Bacterial Comparatives series. Games in development include Ecotrophia, an ecology simulator that challenges players to control competing trophic levels, and Tissue Town, a tower defence game set within a layer of human tissue.
All of Spongelab’s award-winning content is available for free on Spongelab’s global science community. To start using all the features, animations, interactives, images and games, sign up for a free account at Spongelab.com and start playing with science.