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NASA To Recruit Via Online Gaming

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NASA is shopping around for companies to help them develop a massively multiplayer online game for use as a recruiting tool. Now it’s certain Google and NASA are spending too much time together.

NASA To Recruit Via Online Gaming

The US space agency published a request for information, explaining how "a high quality synthetic gaming environment" would be an ideal way to tap the engineering mind fields.

From the request: "The MMO will foster career exploration opportunities in a much deeper way than reading alone would permit and at a fraction of the time and cost of an internship program."

Fast, cheap and averse to reading; the new American way. Or, if we resolve to view our glass half full and not fall into the generational kids-these-days trappings, we might say that educators and recruiters are becoming more adept at reaching young people via preferred media.

But it’s more fun to be a crotchety curmudgeon about it.

I especially like this part of the request:

"Virtual worlds with scientifically accurate simulations could permit learners to tinker with chemical reactions in living cells, practice operating and repairing expensive equipment, and experience microgravity."

Virtual microgravity. You can get that for the Wii, right?
 

NASA To Recruit Via Online Gaming
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  • Guesting64-2

    Microgravity experience, why not. A suit that emulates G powers by pressure has been demonstrated at the CES2008. You don’t have to simulate everything for a 100% to have a lifelike experience.

    NASA was talking about learning how to handle objects in a microgravity environment.

     

  • http://www.thirdworldgeek.com geek05

    is this really possible? how about some kids doing nothing in there life just playing some online games and could hit this kind of game and eventually recruit them? NASA is one cool plays to start a life maybe ill do more online games….