THE STARDUST MYSTERY is one of the most amazing science stories ever discovered: We are made of stardust, created in the explosive death of stars, that was once in the body of Albert Einstein and the Last T-Rex. All of the earth and its creatures come from STARDUST, the atomic remnants of exploding stars.
The story is the true science theme of the video games, books, science videos, TV series, and Expert Avatars being developed to teach children about atoms, and their role in the history of the Earth and the evolution of the Universe. A startling fact is that each human being has actually inherited over 5000 trillion carbon atoms that were once in the body of, and exhaled, by every T-Rex dinosaur, 300 trillion inherited from Einstein, and trillions inherited from millions of other living things.
The science of atoms and their recycling is woven into an adventure story in which the characters track their own atoms back through time, all the way to their atom’s creation in the Big Bang and subsequent star explosions. Characters adventure as crew members of the Cosmic Egg, a virtual time, space, and size-change travel ship.
In several video game episodes, players learn about STARDUST (atoms) traveling through the history of the Earth and Universe to track the recycling of their atoms.
In Building the Universe: Episode 2, players start at the Big Bang with quarks and assemble the Universe’s atoms, stars, galaxies, and planets, and eventually create a habitable planet Earth. The same stories are told in companion illustrated books. Short science videos available in-game or on YouTube illustrate individual science themes and Expert Avatars are available to verbally answer a child’s spoken or typed questions about the expert’s scientific work and life.
Formed in 2014, TheBeamer LLC is working with Sacred Heart University (#1 for game design in Connecticut), Becker College (#3 for game design in the US), the University of Connecticut, and Half Full Nelson, LLC to develop THE STARDUST MYSTERY transmedia storytelling products.
In Mission KT: Episode 1, which won an award at the 2016 US Department of Education ED Games Expo, players travel back in time to the period when dinosaurs roamed the earth to find out how much STARDUST they inherited from these animals. They also investigate how the dinosaur era mammals were saved from extinction.
With partial funding from the National Science Foundation, TheBeamer LLC is creating a transmedia storytelling presentation to revolutionize the way entertainment and education coincide for children ages 8 to 13 through collaborative learning.
The development team includes game industry professionals, scientists, educators, game design professors, authors, and college students. The Game development began in January, 2016, with the first National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and subsequent grants from Connecticut Innovations, Inc. Support was extended to February 2020 with the latest Small Business Innovation Research grant from NSF of $750,000.