Pollution is a large problem within rivers and streams across the nation. The Virtual Boat of Knowledge is set forth to help educate people, young and old alike, about the environmental issue of different types of pollution and their ramifications on aquatic life. The Virtual Boat of Knowledge uses the setting of the Ohio River spanning from Marietta, Ohio to Gallipolis, Ohio. Utilizing GPS data, a 3-D rendering of realistic contours was generated. By using real-life testing procedures and analyses of water quality parameters, users are able to answer a series of questions in an attempt to determine causes of pollution.
Avatar Selection and Customization
You can switch your avatar between male and female by using the arrows around the character box. You can also change the look of your avatar by using the arrows around the other feature boxes (head, top, bottom).
Once on the boat you can move your avatar using the W, A, S, and D keys or the Arrow keys. To maneuver the boat, go into the cabin and click on the steering wheel and then use the same keys that are used to control the avatar. To use the laptop and the datasonde, go to the back of the boat and click on them.