Genomics Digital Lab
- Year: 2009
- Award: World Summit Award
- Category: Learning & Education
- Producer: Spongelab Interactive & Purdue University
- Country: Canada
- URL: http://www.spongelab.com/game_pages/gdl.cfm
Genomics Digital Lab is an animated software tool designed to help users understand plants and their significance. In an interactive laboratory, users can alter the environment around a dying plant, zooming in and out of the major plant cell organelles, and using what they learn to figure out how to make the dying plant survive. The software is divided into three modules representing the mitochondria, chloroplasts and nucleus, whilst reinforcing the “Genomic” concept that organelles are inter-dependent. The Genomics Digital Lab learning environment uses games and puzzles to engage learners and to encourage a deeper understanding of biological processes, promoting higher-order thinking skills in a fun and entertaining format. The software comes complete with accompanying teaching material, geared towards the curricula of high-school grades 7 to 12.