Thursday, August 11, 2011

U = Unveiling the Double-U (W) Duo: Wiglington and Wenks #GETABC

U is for Unveiling the Double-U (W) Duo:  Wiglington & Wenks

(GTG's #GETABC Series = Green, Education, & Tech*)

Given that U left me primarily with "Uncertain"...which felt undeniably underachieving...I needed to get creative.  Hence the "Double U" (aka "W")...which brings me to our duo "Wiglington & Wenks."

Wiglington &Wenks is in the same category of Virtual Worlds, like Club Penguin or Webkinz.  Geared for youngsters aged 7--14.  Players get to travel the world 'round, through time and space, meeting famous historians & solving mysteries as they go.  Additionally, kids can learn about history, geography, ecology, famous landmarks, inventions, animals & their habitats, and more.  Storylines, plots, missions, and quests draw in players, and have them pulling in their problem solving and critical thinking skills.  

Environmental issues such as global warming, forest preservation, protecting marine life and endangered animals also lie under the umbrella of Wiglington and Wenks. Here's a sneak preview of a little bit of what you will find at W & W:

From their Features page, you get a good insight into each of the different virtual world.  Three of these detail specific ecological  issues details--check out the W & W quotes below: 
"Amazon Forest, fondly described by most as the “Lungs of our Planet” produces 20% of the Earth's oxygen! One square kilometer of the Amazon can contain about ninety-one thousand tons of living plants—that's approximately 758 fully-grown blue whales! But the current rate of deforestation, usually due to human settlement and farming, threatens to destroy the Amazon Forest in a matter of 40 years."

"Madagascar is often referred to as the “Eighth Continent of the World” as it contains 5% of the world's plant and animal species, most of which are unique to Madagascar. However, extensive deforestation mostly due to mining has destroyed large areas of natural wildlife habitats. Other threats to Madagascar wildlife include illegal trade and poaching of exotic animals, overfishing and climate change."

"The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, visible even from outer space. It is the largest coral reef ecosystem supporting more than 2800 species. Currently, the Great Barrier Reef faces the massive threat of climate change and water pollution, threatening the survival of many endangered species like the dugong and the green sea turtles."
So check it out, and go have some fun with Wiglington & Wenks!
Letter U picture from  Wigglington & Wenks picture from the home page

Note:  In an attempt to meld my pursuits of green, education, and technology, "GET" and this ABC series did my twitter thread #GETABC.  To see the inception of #GETABC and give yourself a tidbit of background, go to GTG's True Confessions & Whirling Dervishes.

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