BioDive is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and development was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

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BioDive combines web-based virtual reality and digital journaling to enable middle school students to experience the life of a scientist.

Students take on the role of marine biologists investigating the delicate ecosystems of venomous marine snails. Throughout their expedition, students observe, discover, and hypothesize about abiotic and biotic factors that impact marine biodiversity.

Students’ written answers, models, and their virtual reality interactions are all updated live in a teacher dashboard so teachers can offer real-time targeted support to students whether they are in person or remotely learning.


 Students work in online personalized digital science journals to takes notes about what they experienced, answer questions, develop hypotheses and construct models. Then students go to the virtual world to test their hypothesis, just like career scientists go on expeditions. When the students return from virtual reality, they show their observations, claims, reasoning and evidence. The virtual reality experience can be accessed by any web-enabled device and students are transported to an underwater expedition.

Sample journal page within BioDive