Built by Nearlife, Inc. (www.nearlife.com) for the Museum of Science, Boston (www.mos.org), VirtualFishtank.com represents the dawn of a new era in educational entertainment. Until now, most museum exhibit websites have merely contained static descriptions of the exhibits. They have not included an interactive element. And they certainly have not been dynamically linked to the actual museum exhibit. VirtualFishtank.com changes all that and enables the highly successful Virtual FishTank(TM) exhibit at the Museum to transcend its walls to be experienced in homes and schools anywhere in the world. And, the Virtual FishTank experience continues to grow with the installation of another tank at the St. Louis Science Center. Now, users can send fish to either destination in Boston or St. Louis.
Virtual FishTank(TM) at MoS is all about building your own fish, releasing it into the gigantic 24,000 "gallon" virtual tank and watching YOUR fish interact with the others. VirtualFishtank.com lets you build your own fish online and release them directly into the Museum tank! You also can release your fish into an online simulated tank, or save your fish and go to the Museum to retrieve and release your fish there.
The Virtual FishTank(TM) exhibit teaches lessons about emergent behavior, group behavior and modeling. The rich functionality of VirtualFishtank.com will enable parents and educators to enhance the educational experience by planning pre and post Museum visit online exercises.