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virtual world, high school science, science education, epidimiology, scientific inquiry

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The River City Project, is a National Science Foundation-supported simulation environment for learning scientific inquiry and 21st century skills. River City is an interactive computer simulation of a river town, based in the late 1800s, that combines digitalized Smithsonian artifacts with an inquiry-centered curriculum to engage middle and high school students.

Intended Audience

Middle School (6th through 8th grades or age 11-13), High School (9th through 12th grades or age 14-18), Teachers/Educators

Topic Area

epidemiology, scientific inquiry, experimentation


The National Science Foundation, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History - Division of Information Technology and Society, Arizona State University's Educational Technology Graduate Program, Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth

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