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  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 										    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands
  • 								  		    Max Planck: The secret of the sands

scienceintermedia develops virtual research trip

As part of the Science Year “Seas and Oceans” scienceintermedia has developed an exciting online game on the basics of microbiology on behalf of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology.

The sandbank off Helgoland holds a secret inside. Hidden in the sediment and in the water column, tiny organisms, algae and bacteria ensure that our ecosystem works. More than 5000 bacteria populate a single grain of sand. They constantly absorb carbon and therefore play an important role as a natural filter for the carbon and nitrogen cycle. But there are also fascinating things to discover around the sandbank. Small algae, which live to thousands upon thousands in every milliliter of seawater, have great effects: Algae in the sea are fixing carbon dioxide and make up about 50% of the oxygen in our atmosphere.

In the “Secret of the Sandbank” players embark on an entertaining discovery voyage into the world of the smallest sea creatures and learn about their significance for the marine ecosystem.
At various levels of mediation, graphics, illustration, animation, photo and video as well as further materials for download, the basic facts on microorganisms, sea and sediment are mediated. The methods and techniques for scientific research into microorganisms and thus the work of the Max Planck researchers are focussed as well.

The starting point is the map room of the Max Planck Research Ship, where players can choose their mission on a map of the north German bay.

Players navigate their avatars (creatures from the world of algae and microorganisms) through an underwater landscape and step by step explore the different aspects of the sea habitat. The young researchers collect so-called “researcher points” within the scope of quiz units, which are finally incorporated into an individualized researcher diploma. The target group of the game includes children between the ages of 10 and 14 years.

The game can be found on the pages of the Max-Planck-Institute under sandbank.mpi-bremen.de