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A big day for OBI badges at NOAA

On July 19th The Planet Stewards team came together for a chance to collaborate as a group at NOAA’s National Headquarters in Maryland. The Team had two planned meetings on the 19th and 20th. They came together to meet one another and to start working on Planet Stewards’ details. Each day of meetings was lined up and timed to perfection.

Here is what the first day, the 19th, looked like:

9:00  Introductions, Games and Team Builders

9:30  The Big Picture

The changing paradigm, death of the grade book, quest-based learning, a few outcomes (Chris)

3D GameLab features, badging ecosystem (Lisa)

10:30 Break

10:45 Critical Questions

12:00 Lunch

1:00  Topic Tree

2:30  Break

2:45  Reward template

The second day was a little more complicated. There was a total of 14 people working together, five of them flying in from all over the country. Never the less, everyone worked very well together, and some great concepts were formed with the pairing of ideas and knowledge.

Here is the outline of the second day:

9:00 Introductions

9:15 Review topic tree, allowable resources, review new Science Standards/Framework

10:00 Review the tools of translation (flow chart/road map) send off to work

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Present Pitch (5 min), identify commonalities across group

2:00 Continue to flesh out roadmap and popplet

3:00 Next Steps/Schedule/Future Meetings

The professionals that were present he first day were the NOAA experts, and the founders of 3D GameLab, Lisa Dawley and Chris Haskel. Each of the NOAA employees specialized in a certain subject area. The roles of each person in Planet Stewards had to do with their specialty.

Here is a list of the people that joined us that day:

Bruce Moravchik- National Ocean Service

Peg Steffen – National Ocean Service

Judy Koepsell – National Weather Service

Ron Gird – National Weather Service

Molly Harrison – National Marine Fisheries Service

Steve Storck – Office of Education

Lisa Dawley – GoGo Labs

Chris Haskell – Boise State

Unfortunately these NOAA experts weren’t able to join us, but are still very involved in the creation of Planet Stewards.

Frank Niepold – National Climate Office

Paulo Maurin – National Ocean Service (Corals)

Atziri Ibanez – National Ocean Service (NERRS)

The second day the technical design team joined the group. This is when the creativity started to fly. Each technical designer was paired up with a NOAA expert to discuss and design specific quests, along with finding enough resources to fill each quest.

Here is a list of the new professionals that joined us on the 20th:

Dr. Beth Wellman – USC

Will Ober – K12

Mel Goodwin – Harmony Project

Lucas Gilispe – Edurealms

Jennifer Laughlin

While creating, collaborating, and discussing the Planet Stewards design, the Team will be keeping the public up to date on the progress the group is making, and the processes they are using.

Throughout the two days of meetings some great moments were caught on camera.

Ron Gird is explaining to his group the ideas he has for the Weather and Atmosphere Badge.


Mel Goodwin is explaining to the Team his and Bruce Moravchik’s ideas regarding he Oceans and Coasts Badge.

Judith Koepsell is describing her teams goals regarding the Weather and Atmosphere Badge.

Jennifer Laughlin listens intently as her badge group discusses the logistics of the Weather and Atmosphere badge.

Molly Harrison giggles as her badge partner WIll Ober puts a spin on the Planet Stewards Marine Life Badge.

Steve Storck shows the Planet Stewards team a computer generated model him and his badge partner Lucas Gillispie designed for the Freshwater Habitats Badge.

Lucas Gilispie joyfully collaborates with his badge partner, Steve Storck, regarding the Freshwater Badge.

Bruce Moravchik explains the concepts him and Mel Goodwin came up with concerning the Ocean and Coasts Badge.

Lisa Dawley presents the badge system to the Planet Stewards team. Her and Chris Haskell designed the system.

Beth Wellman researches sources for the Weather and Atmosphere badge.

Chris Haskell, Lisa Dawley, and Peg Steffen happily discuss the Planet Stewards badge system design.

Chris Haskell and Lisa Dawley momentarily goof around while discussing the operations of Planet Stewards.

All in all each person was very open minded and invested in the creation of this game platform. This is an incredible team that has come together to work on Planet Stewards. Each and everyone of the Team is knowledgeable, has ideas, and together they work successfully. Regardless of the different places they have come from and their various educational backgrounds.

More to come on the development of Planet Stewards.

Post by: Kodi Sims

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