D.E.E.P. into the Game

Want to go on a realistic ride as pilot commander of a remotely operated vehicle, visit ocean observatories, a deep coral reef environment and face challenges including hydrothermal vents?

The Deep-sea Extreme Environment Pilot (D.E.E.P.) video game developed by Danny Rohrlick, Eric Simms, Cheryl Peach, Debi Kilb and Charina Cain Layman, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, emphasizes oceanographic concepts and reinforces targeted science-learning goals.

The video game, tested through a multitude of youth programs, received honors in the “games and apps” category of the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

“Based on data from our work, when designed effectively, educational games can engage players, teach concepts, and tear down the stereotype of the stuffy, boring educational game,” says Rohrlick.

D.E.E.P. and other games can be downloaded for free at siogames.ucsd.edu and soon at the XBOX MarketPlace.

—Mario C. Aguilera, ’89