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New game about the Polar Regions

If you follow our social media, you will know that we are busy developing the demo of a new iBiome game. We call it “iBiome – Melting Ice”. As the name suggests, it is about global warming and its impact on Arctic and Antarctica, regions that can be hugely impactful on our lives.

When you hear “polar regions”, you probably think about huge polar bears, cute penguins and other amazing animals, but have you ever thought about what the primary producer at the bottom of the entire food web in this frozen world is? It’s time to introduce the first species we’ve added into the game – ice algae.

 

Can you imagine that with no flowers, stems or roots, Ice Algae can bloom for several weeks in the Arctic Sea? Like we always say, nature blows our minds away. Scientists find Ice Algae everywhere in the Arctic sea, from open waters, to on the sea floor, or in or on ice. They have amazing ways to adapt to the extreme cold of the Arctic sea. For example, they can generate ice-binding proteins to protect themselves from damage caused by ice growth.

But wait, how does ice algae play a role in our new game? Find out in our next blog post!

 

 

Technology and Nature

As the ONLY Canadian game developer dedicated solely on environmental education, we often face this question: why use technology to connect kids with nature?

We have a complicated relationship with technology. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to support billions of people on our planet, and we won’t be able to enjoy necessities like AC and continental travel. But we’re now so enamored with technology that we’re under the illusion that we can control nature, and in doing so, have ushered in the anthropocene age. This idea is dangerous because human beings belong to the biosphere. We depend on clean air, water and soil to survive — no advancement in technology will ever change that equation.

That’s a long way of saying that technologies are neutral. How we use them makes a big difference. In our case, we use mobile and gaming technologies in iBiome series to make the interactions in nature tangible and experiential, which is important to help kids understand ecology and the effects of climate change. But if kids end up so addicted to our games that it keeps them from applying those lessons and interacting with the outside world, then we have failed our mission.

With great power comes great responsibility. Technologies bring us power. We have them in our hands, and we need to take responsibility to use them wisely.

Celebrate all life on Earth with fun educational games!

Join us on Earth Day April 22, 2018 online to celebrate all life on Earth! 

Springbay Studio invites kids to play multi-award winning educational game and be inspired by the beautiful marine ecosystems.

Add species to your biodomes, observe how your ecosystems respond, ask critical questions about how our actions impact the environment, and get inspired to develop solutions. Do you have the knowledge to make your biodomes flourish with life?

This fun Earth Day event is for kids age 8-14. All you need is a PC/Mac/Laptop and internet access. Use the following information to access our award-winning educational game “iBiome-Ocean: School Edition” for free on April 22, 2018!

URL: https://schools.springbaystudio.com/log-in
User id: Earth_Day
Password: Celebrate!

The online version of our game is available in English. We are working on a French version. If you have an iPad/iPad mini, you can also download the app, which supports French, from the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibiome-ocean-school-edition/id1292480634?mt=8

Apple Features “iBiome-Ocean” for the 5th time on iTunes Store today!

Sequel to the award-winning educational game – iBiome-Wetland, Springbay’s newest game, “iBiome-Ocean”, is featured in the app store today!

Thanks to Apple featuring our game for the 5th TIME! Springbay has another opportunity to get the word out to all of you nature lovers and junior scientists about our commitment to making educational games that help people appreciate and understand the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us all.

A fun app for kids who love nature, animals, and science! iBiome-Ocean lets kids learn about ecosystems, food webs, and how humans shape the environment. From an email we received today, a grade seven science teacher in California wrote: “I REALLY received GREAT feedback from my students on your game (and I have some tough clienteles).”

Ready to play in English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese, now you can visit the app store to see iBiome-Oceans NEW localized trailers and screenshots!

Download, Play, and Learn Today!

Apple Features “iBiome-Ocean” on its world-wide debut today!

Teaching children about aquatic life and the health of our oceans has never been more important. Our corals are dying, fish are consuming plastic at unprecedented rates and the temperature of the water is rising too quickly for its inhabitants to adapt. “iBiome-Ocean” debuts worldwide today, and is being featured in the iTunes Store.

Download it from iTunes Store now: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/ibiome-ocean/id1207917622?mt=8

Sneak peek of our new game iBiome-Ocean

Our new game “iBiome-Ocean” will be released soon.

Explore the natural balance of ocean habitats
Build diverse and intricate ecosystems
Celebrate the rich diversity of sea life
Study the human impact on our oceans

Sequel to the award-winning educational game – iBiome-Wetland
iBiome-Ocean will be available in iTunes store on March 23, 2017

Apple features “iBiome-Wetland”!

Apple is featuring “iBiome-Wetland” under the Education category! 15 months after our initial launch, we are thrilled!
Thank you for all the kind support from teachers and parents. Without you, we couldn’t have gotten this far.
It is an honor for us to create something useful for educational purposes. Your interest and feedback is so critical for this app and we look forward to your support down the road.

“iBiome-Wetland” received yet another award!

“iBiome-Wetland” received yet another award! It was honored by the Academics’ Choice for the Smart Media Award.

 

Academics' Choice Award

 

It’s time to thanks for the kind interest and support that you’ve given us. From now until Nov. 28, 2015, send us a tweet @SpringbayStudio or drop us a line at info [at] springbaystudio [dot] com, and we will send you a free copy of this four-time award-winning kids educational game (while supplies last).

 

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“iBiome-Wetland” is selected as one of the Best STEM Apps by AASL

iBiome-Wetland is selected as one of the Best Apps in 2015 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by American Association of School Librarians (AASL). You can find more details here.

Selected apps are hand-picked by American Association of School Librarians. As per their announcement, “the apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.”

Download it today from iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibiome-wetland/id900933868?mt=8

Please help us by leaving your review in the iTunes Store. Your feedback is so much appreciated. You can find the steps here.

Another award from Dr.Toy as its Best Green Product

We are thrilled to receive another award for iBiome-Wetland ! This time, our game is named as a winner in the Dr. Toy’s Best Green Children’s Products Program for 2015 in support and recognition of our efforts to expand green awareness. The award-winning products are hand-picked annually by Dr. Toy, who reviews hundreds of products each year. Our game is the only electronic game that has gained this award among other green products.

 

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Our treat to your kids

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the kids! As our treat this time, we want to give you our award-winning game for free! No need to worry about the tooth decay this time, because the kids will be busy building their bio domes. No kidding, their own bio domes under their tiny fingers.

iBiome-Wetland

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