LabCrystal Island: Uncharted Discovery was designed and developed by the Center for Educational Informatics at the North Carolina State University. The project has brought together researchers from computer science, curriculum and instruction, science education, and educational psychology to build and systematically study the cognitive impact of 3D storyworlds. Crystal Island has been used in classrooms by more than 1,500 students. Support from the principal, students, and teachers of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School of Raleigh, North Carolina was invaluable in the iterative design and development of Crystal Island. Support for the project has been provided by the National Science Foundation through the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Developing Science Problem-Solving Skills and Engagement Through Intelligent Game-Based Learning Environments


National Science Foundation: Discovery Research K-12 Program (DRL-0822200)

Project Leadership

  • Principal Investigator: James Lester
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Hiller Spires
  • Co-Principal Investigator: John Nietfeld
  • Co-Principal Investigator: James Minogue

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