IBM recently launched a free multiplayer online game, PowerUp, that challenges teenagers to help save the planet “Helios” from ecological disaster. The game is part of IBM’s TryScience initiative, which encourages students to investigate, discover, and try science by linking it to engaging, real-world activities. PowerUp can be played alone or with other students and features a planet in near ecological ruin, where three missions to supply solar, wind, and water power must be solved before sandstorms, floods, or SmogGobs thwart the rescue. IBM devised the three-dimensional virtual game to engage students in learning about engineering, energy, and diversity awareness....

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