A virtual reality game called Breaking Boundaries is launching this week celebrating some of history’s most influential women scientists. The legacies of these historic scientists are not only their groundbreaking discoveries, but also examples of strong women who overcame obstacles, followed their passions, and blazed a trail for others to follow. The Society of Women Engineers is listed as one of the resources on the game's website.
Designed and available for GearVR, Breaking Boundaries immerses players in the lives and times of three famous female scientists with more to come. Currently, players are able to inhabit and explore the work environments of Jane Goodall, Grace Hopper, and Marie Curie. The experience promises to allow players to gain an intimate knowledge of the lives and achievements of these amazing women through "fully voice-acted vignettes that are steeped in historical context." The main objective of this free game is to encourage young people to pursue STEM careers.
Check out this YouTube video of the game.
According to Filament Games, players can:
- Explore these scientists' laboratories and work spaces
- Examine authentically-modeled artifacts
- Discover the stories behind their lives and research
In the current version, players can see the room-sized Mark 1 Computer that inspired Hopper to lay the foundations for computer programming, and visit the leaky shed where Curie conducted the radium experiments that earned her the Nobel Prize.