At 9am SLT on Thursday 1st May the Fantasy Faire 2014 regions opened officially to the public and this year there are 11 new amazing regions to explore. There is a lot to see and do at the Fantasy Faire this year. Everyone is welcome and it’s worth pointing out that the Fantasy Faire continues until Sunday 11th May 2014.
Fantasy Faire is a Relay for Life event in Second Life that raises money for the American Cancer Society. I’m sure new records will be broken this year and the results will be published very soon. See below for more details, slurls and a full map of the regions for this year’s event.
What is the Fantasy Faire all about ?
Celebrating its sixth year, the Fantasy Faire is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From May 1st through the 11th, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, auctions, hunts and roleplaying. Come join thousands of Second Life residents and creators as they bring their visions together in support of the American Cancer Society.
On 26th April 2014 Metropolis Grid celebrated their 6th birthday and there was a big party on the BD6 sim. There were many well known live musicians, awesome fireworks, many freebie shops and the 6th birthday attendance was high this year. I love the BD6 region look from the map as shown below.
Metropolis Grid came online on 2nd April 2008 and since then it’s been growing a steady rate. I do log into Metropolis Grid regularly to see what’s happening. I’ve been a resident of the Metropolis Grid since 22nd January 2013. Check out the stats here.
View my snapshots of the BD6 region from sky level to ground level. Visit today and take a tour around the birthday region before it goes offline.
Watch the latest episode 19 of The Drax Files featuring Julia Tiraxibar who teaches Chemistry at Texas A&M University. This episode runs for 4 minutes and 59 seconds. This episode is very informative and educational from start to finish I think. There are great views from inside Second Life showing different educational areas.
It’s very interesting to hear about students using a replicated lab in Second Life to run experiments and visualising the chemical processes. Students who used Second Life found it better than the real life lab. The results showed that Second Life students data came out better.
Episode 19 Details
The students using the replicated lab in Second Life had better retention of information than the students only using the physical lab!” Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt from Texas A&M University is excited about the preliminary findings of her study about how the unique affordances of virtual reality platforms like Second Life can facilitate and enhance the learning process.
Conducted together with Kurt Winkelman from the Florida Institute of Technology, the study comparing physical lab and virtual lab is funded by an NSF grant and slated to be finished in April 2015.
While the findings [so far] maybe indeed eye-opening for many who have not engaged with virtual reality in an educational context, for pioneering teachers and enthusiastic students alike they can hardly be seen as a surprise: learning in virtual worlds creates a strong sense of being together and collaborating in one shared space irrespective of physical location powerfully transcends – via avatar-based interaction – a multitude of social issues.
Episode 19 – Virtual Chemistry
Watch previous episodes of The Drax Files here and stay tuned for episode 20. Woooot!!!