Discover the fascinating creatures that live on a coral reef, play fun games that show you who eats who, and learn what you can do to keep coral reefs healthy.
Grab your scuba gear and explore the underwater world of coral reefs! Learn the signs of a healthy reef and find out what can make it sick. Swim with the different creatures that live in and around a coral reef and play WhyReef’s food web game to find out who eats who on a reef. Be sure to dive into WhyReef at different times of the day...you never know when a great white shark or a giant sea turtle might swim by! Get started now!
WhyReef Kiosk Setup
For information on how to set up a WhyReef kiosk at your institution, download the following document, which provides a brief summary of the activities on WhyReef as well as details on the technical requirements needed to run WhyReef in your classroom, library, or museum.
- WhyReef Kiosk Setup (1 MB)
WhyReef is made possible with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. WhyReef content provided by the Encyclopedia of Life.
Whyville.net is the premiere educational virtual world for children and has more than 4.5 million registered accounts. In Whyville, children play, socialize, earn and manage virtual money, explore, design, eat, start businesses, dance, write, vote, campaign, and much more. Numedeon, Inc., the parent company of Whyville, was founded by scientists from the California Institute of Technology. The result of combining research and practical experience in learning and education with expertise in simulation, gaming, and virtual world technology, Whyville is a unique platform for learning and engagement. Numedeon works with sponsors, like The Field Museum, to bring immersive learning experiences to the important but hard to reach 8- to 15-year-old “tween” demographic within the virtual world of Whyville.
About Encyclopedia of Life
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an unprecedented partnership between the scientific community and the general public to make freely available to anyone, anywhere, anytime—through the Internet—all existing knowledge about the world’s known biodiversity. EOL strives to make people more aware of the living planet through its thousands of species pages that include text, images, maps, and videos. Exploring the underwater world through new media platforms like WhyReef is a terrific way to introduce children and families to a vital part of our planet’s ecosystem teeming with fascinating creatures and important environmental relationships.
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