In 2013, WoWiWe will release the Virtual Cell educational game for use in High Schools and Universities nationwide.
In March 2011 WoWiWe Instruction Co. received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to enhance and commercialize the Virtual Cell educational game. This resulted in the first product sold by WoWiWe, Virtual Cell.
With this grant, WoWiWe secured office space in the NDSU Research & Technology Park Incubator. The Incubator houses startups from the Fargo area during their first few years of operation and provides services to assist new corporations in setting up their business.
In 2010, WoWiWe received a Phase I grant from the NSF to continue development of the NDSU-created GeoEd game. GeoEd is a fully 3D environment where students learn about a variety of river related issues, like water quality, eutrophication, and river flow and river velocity. The game was renamed to eGEO as a part of this project that included a dynamic "pollution editor" where pollutants could be added to a virtual river to assist in the creation of new modules via an easy web-based tool.
In 2008, WoWiWe received a Phase I SBIR grant from the NIH for the development of the Virtual Cell. Work focused on the conversion of our server technology from LambdaMOO to the in-house JavaMOO platform.
WoWiWe Instruction Co. is the corporate incarnation of the World Wide Web Instructional Committee (WWWIC) which is an ad hoc group of North Dakota State University faculty dedicated to developing internet-based educational software. Current WWWIC projects include visual educational research in computer science, biology, geology, and anthropology.
In particular, WWWIC developed a previous version of the Virtual Cell between 1998 and 2006. This work was funded by the National Science Foundation and United States Department of Education. The basic format of the game and much of the server architecture was licensed by WoWiWe from rightsholder North Dakota State University.
In January, 2004 WoWiWe Instruction Co. received its Certificate of Organization from the Secretary of State of the state of North Dakota.
WoWiWe received its first Phase I SBIR grant from the NSF for the development of users' manuals, lesson plans, and other curricular materials for the NDSU-created Geology Explorer. Geology Explorer is a 2.5D game focused on geology education, specifically on rock and mineral identification, geologic mapping, and strike and dip calculation.
WoWiWe Instruction Co. was founded in June, 2002 as an educational media company devoted to immersive virtual environments for education, authentic instruction, scenario-based assessment, and changing education in our schools.