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SciLands logo
Formation December 2006
Purpose Creating science and technology education content for virtual worlds.
Headquarters SciLands in Second Life
Main organ
senate and council[1]

SciLands is an area within the virtual world Second Life devoted to science and technology.[2][3] Member organizations share borders of their individual regions to create a larger virtual continent. By putting a wide range of educational content in close virtual proximity, the goal is to foster conversations and ideas that might not have occurred had each region been separate. Other goals include increasing visitor traffic and making it easier to find useful educational content within Second Life.

SciLands members have regular meetings in Second Life where they share ideas, help each other, vote on new membership, and plan future projects.[4] Members also share resources like meeting spaces, and developers. A current map of SciLands is located here.

Initially, SciLands formed around the International Spaceflight Museum and NASA CoLab.[5] However, since its establishment it has grown to host a variety of organizations including government agencies, universities, and museums.

Highlighted content[edit]

Note: many of these links are "SLURLs" – in other words, hyperlinks into Second Life.

Name Category Sponsoring Organization Description Photo
NPR's Science Friday General NPR's Science Friday A weekly talk show on NPR covering a variety of science related topics.
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Victoria crater Space NASA A one third scale model of Victoria crater found on the surface of Mars.
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Real-time US weather map[6] Earth Science NOAA Observe the current weather above the continental U.S.
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Hurricane Ride Earth Science NOAA Fly through a virtual hurricane aboard a P-3 Orion Hurricane Hunter.
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Tsunami Demonstration Earth Science NOAA See the deadly effects of a tsunami wave and learn how they are formed.
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Weather Balloon Ride Earth Science NOAA Hold on to a balloon and learn about the instrumentation that NOAA uses to collect atmospheric data.
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Submarine Ride Earth Science NOAA Visit a variety of coral sanctuaries worldwide on board a virtual submersible.
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Oil Spill Cleanup Demonstration Earth Science NOAA Assist in the cleanup of an oil spill.
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Red Tide Demonstration Earth Science NOAA Understand the effects of a harmful algae bloom commonly known as red tide.
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Sea Charting Demonstration Earth Science NOAA Map the sea floor aboard a NOAA ship.
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Science On A Sphere(TM) Earth Science NOAA Visualize Earth data sets on a spherical projection screen.
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  • Nanotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Science School I,II,III


  • Rocket Ride to Space
  • Virtual Planetarium[7]
  • Solar System Tour
  • Apollo 11 Landing Site on the Moon
  • Real-time Satellite Positions
  • Martian Dust Storms

Health science[edit]

Member organizations[edit]

Name Description/Focus Logo
NOAA The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA logo.svg
National Physical Laboratory (NPL UK)
NASA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program. NASA logo.svg
Exploratorium The Exploratorium: a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco. Our site provides interactive online exhibits and exhibitions, activities, Webcasts, and more.
Elon University A private, coeducational institution in North Carolina.
University of Denver [1] A private university in the Rocky Mountain region, DU has undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and performs service to the public good.
The Tech Museum The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone.
Imperial College London Imperial provides scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, management and medicine.
US National Library of Medicine (NIH) The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. It collects materials in all major areas of the health sciences and to a lesser degree in such areas as chemistry, physics, botany and zoology. US-NationalLibraryOfMedicine-Logo.svg
National Space Society The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a space faring civilization.
Space Studies Institute Space Studies Institute a nonprofit educational and research organization. Founded in 1977 by Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill, Gerard O'Neill, Princeton University professor and author of The High Frontier, SSI sponsored and conducted research into areas such as solar power satellites, lunar bases, space colonies, asteroid mining, and mass drivers.
NPR Science Friday Weekly two-hour radio program about science, technology and environment issues in the news.
Loughborough University
Space Frontier Foundation The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.
Future Focus - BERR (UK) Futurefocus is a purpose built resource in London, open to everyone in the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR), the Department for Universities, Innovation & Skills (DIUS), the Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF), and across government and business.
Texas Wesleyan University Texas Wesleyan University, founded in 1890 in Fort Worth, is a United Methodist institution with a tradition in the liberal arts and sciences with professional and career preparation.
Northern Michigan University Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is a four-year, public, coeducational university which offers 180 degree programs to nearly 9,400 undergraduate and graduate students.
International Spaceflight Museum The International Spaceflight Museum is a museum in the virtual world of Second Life. It hosts exhibits and events about real-world spacecraft, rockets, astronomy and space exploration.

SciLands Senate Blogs[edit]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "SciLands Bylaws". SciLands. 29 August 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  2. ^ Medeiros, Joao (1 February 2008). "Doing physics in Second Life". Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  3. ^ Psaltery, Phoenix (29 January 2008). "Science continent grows to 41 islands" (PDF). Metaverse Messenger. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-06.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Mabeus, Courtney (25 February 2008). "Spice up your next meeting: Wear wings". Federal Times. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Bringing Real Life Science to Second Life" (PDF) (Press release). SciLands. 30 April 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  6. ^ Roush, Wade (July 2007). "Second Earth". Technology Review. Retrieved 2008-03-06.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ Semeniuk, Ivan (7 August 2007). "Astronomy in Second Life". New Scientist Space Blog. Retrieved 2008-03-06.  External link in |work= (help)