For those who may not be aware, a small team of individuals and educators have created an opensim based learning project called Let-Us-Learn.
Let-Us-Learn is an international project that aims to investigate the potential of a 3D virtual learning environment (3DVLE) designed to engage learners in collaborative, creative problem solving activities in which numeracy, literacy, life skills and creative activities are embedded in a motivating game-like environment.
What’s this got to do with us? I’ll get to that. The general idea is make opensim technology into a learning environment for students in countries such as South Africa and Uganda (among others). Teaching everything from farming techniques and household economics, to multiplication tables. It is one of the most interesting projects I’ve ever had the honor of helping with.
InWorldz LLC. actually wrote and contributed the money module the project is using to teach basic economics as well as some other grid stability features. My own involvement has been limited to some minor sculpt work (don’t let the contributor page fool you much, lol). These guys all deserve a tremendous amount of credit. But, they could use our help still. To date the project is run mostly out of pocket to the Let-Us-Learn team. Airfare and travel expenses aren’t cheap nowadays and they’re working on their second international trip. So, they’ve asked for some help in the form of a charity event. Freedom Astheta and Cryptic Quandry are organizing a benefit in InWorldz called La Ville Macabre.
The event takes place from October 15th through November 1st and runs 24/7. Explore some spooky builds, take some pictures with friends, have some fun, and remember it’s all for charity. If you can’t make it to the event itself or even inworld, you can always consider donating on the website too!