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Waterlife: Sea Turtles and the Quest to Nest -
Collaboration between NOAA and Montgomery College

smiling whelk...so many people worked on this game, especially me...wait, I am not "people"!

This game is a joint project between NOAA and Montgomery College’s Computer Gaming and Simulation Program (http://studygaming.com.) This partnership was created out of the desire to teach science-based, environmental concepts with an exciting new serious gaming medium.

The WaterLife team works out of the NOAA Ocean Service/Education Branch and the Montgomery College/Computer Gaming and Simulation Program. We have an eclectic team with a variety of skills: programmers, writers, artists, and designers.

Game Development

Game development was a collaborative process and involved many team members from Montgomery College and NOAA.

NOAA Team

Molly Harrison - National Marine Fisheries Service, National Education Coordinator
Peg Steffen - National Ocean Service, Education Coordinator
Marina Kraus - NOAA Ocean Service, Education Project Lead
Sara McNulty, Kristy Long - National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources Sea Turtle Team
Jennifer Hammond - Director NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program

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Montgomery College Team

Professor Deborah Solomon - Montgomery College, Project Manager/Producer
Alex Morrow - Production Assistant
Teras Tymczyna - Production Assistant

Animators/Artists

Terry Tymczyna - Lead Artist/Animator

Additional Artist/Animators

Lida Mehrani
William Gallagher

Programmers

Michael Wiles (Framework)
Brian Cosgrove (Turtle, Environmentalist, and Whelk Games)
Jing Wang (Fisherman and Tourist Games)
Bruce Gendler (Politician Game)

Audio/Video

Jen Tonon (Soundtrack)
Terry Tymczyna (Audio and Trailer)

Contributing Audio

Steve Coupe
Neil Hipkiss (Bristol, England)

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Writers

Writing was a collaborative process and involved many team members
from Montgomery College and NOAA.  In particular:
Brian Perry (many of the character intros)
Peg Steffen, Sarah McNulty ( field guide)
Sara McNulty, Kristy Long (scientific content)

Voice Actors

Tourist Dad- Mike Shelby (NOAA)
Tourist Kid - Bennett Shelby
Tourist Mom - Cassandra Lopez (NOAA)
Turtle – Carla Coupe
Enviromentalist - Jennifer Coletta (NOAA)
Fisherman - David Ladd (NOAA)
Politician - Latasha Marshall (NOAA)
Beach Visitor - Terry Tymczyna (MC)

Special Thanks

Our junior testers and advisors from Rockville, MD, elementary, middle and high schools and their parents

Staff and family testers from NOAA/National Ocean Service Communications and Education Division

Staff of NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service Education and Office of Protected Resources

Megan Forbes, NOAA Marine Debris Program

Paulo Maurin, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation

GLITCH: Game Testers

Cathy Sakas

Earth Resource Technology

Funding was provided by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service and
NOAA's National Ocean Service.

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