RiggleFish, an educational game designed by UL and Texas A&M, has been selected as a semifinalist in the Innovation in Interactive Media in Education category of the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards competition. RiggleFish is designed to teach scientific inquiry and genetics, and was developed by a team from UL's Center for Innovative Learning and Assessment Technologies (CILAT) working with faculty and students at Texas A&M University.
What do scientists do? What does it feel like to be a scientist? Video games can help learners to experience science in a whole new way - by actually engaging in the same practices as scientists. This was our goal in the design of Rigglefish, a computer-based game designed to engage players in scientific inquiry.
In Rigglefish, players take on the role of Dr. Waters, a geneticist tasked by the government with developing a source for Omega X, a fatty acid that can be used as a protectant against a deadly bioweapon. That source is the Rigglefish, a recently discovered species of fish rich in Omega X. Rigglefish can be red, orange, or yellow, but only the yellow ones produce high concentrations of Omega X.