Planet Stewards is a DML Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition winner.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and 3D GameLab teamed up to propose Planet Stewards for high school students. Planet Stewards allows students to create their own personalized learning pathways in environmental and science literacy, and earn badges representing NOAA sciences career pathways.  Who wouldn’t want to experience what it’s like to be a Volcanologist, Tornado Tracker, or Marine Biologist?

“We are thrilled to be included in this group of winners who will cooperate with Mozilla as they begin to build the nation’s first infrastructure for creating certified badges,” said Lisa Dawley, CEO of GoGo Labs, recent EdTech professor at Boise State University and lead investigator. “Badges will become an important mechanism for certifying and displaying learning achievements in a way that’s open and accessible to everyone.”

The other investigators are Peg Steffen, education coordinator at NOAA, Chris Haskell, clinical assistant professor, and Andy Hung, associate professor, of the EdTech department in the College of Education, and Alark Joshi, assistant professor, of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering.

Using NOAA’s content and 3D GameLab’s game-based learning platform, students are engaged by choosing among web-based quests. During the quests, students earn experience points, levels, and badges to demonstrate their achievements in weather, climate, coastal, ocean and lake science, all aligned to National Science Standards.

Whether students are in the field, in the classroom, or engaging in a virtual or game-based experience, Planet Stewards will advance environmental literacy and promote a diverse workforce that encourages stewardship and increasing informed decision making for the nation.

The project launches in Spring 2013.


The Digital Media and Learning Badges for Life Competition is a joint effort with the Mozilla Foundation. It is part of the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition funded by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory).


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