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BioBLAST® (Better Learning Through Adventure, Simulation and Telecommunications) is a multimedia curriculum supplement for high school biology classes. Based on NASA's Advanced Life Support research, the program offers students both traditional and computer-based research tools to study the interdependent components of a bioregenerative life-support system (BLiSS) for long-term space habitation.
Student tasks are presented as part of an adventure mission at a virtual lunar research station. The mission culminates with students testing their own BLiSS designs using the BaBS (Build a BLiSS System) simulator, an integrated modeling system developed at the Classroom of the FutureTM.

Overview of BioBLAST® Project
Goals of the Program
to design an adventure/exploration scenario within an engaging graphical environment
to support an inquiry-based, cooperative-learning approach to teaching biology in accordance with the revised National Science Education Standards
to provide a systems-level approach to the study of biological issues that integrates math, science, and technology education within a problem-solving, research-oriented context
to work with a select cadre of teachers from schools throughout the United States to investigate how to effectively incorporate this interactive adventure software into state and local curricula
to demonstrate how NASA’s Advanced Life Support research and data can be adapted to provide valuable and motivating software, laboratory activities, and student research that will enhance learning

 BioBLAST® Project
Goals of the Program
Accueilnquiry-based, cooperative-learning approach to teaching biology in accordance with the revised National Science Education Standards
to provide a systems-level approach to the study of biological issues that integrates math, science, and technology education within a problem-solving, research-oriented context
to work with a select cadre of teachers from schools throughout the United States to investigate how to effectively incorporate this interactive adventure software into state and local curricula
to demonstrate how NASA’s Advanced Life Support research and data can be adapted to provide valuable and motivating software, laboratory activities, and student research that will enhance learning