NewWorlds Virtual Environment

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Project Specifications
Immersive environments
Educational gaming
STEM education
Audience Level: 
Elementary School
Middle School
High School

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Project Overview

NewWorlds is Pennsylvania’s Educational Virtual Environment based upon an open-source platform called Open SIM; it is very similar to Second Life and uses the same viewer. You can read more about Open SIM at

The purpose of this project was to explore how the virtual environment can be used by students to engage in collaboration, communication, problem identification, problem-solving and conceptual model building. It continues today, and is designed to be student-centered, with Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) staff available to scaffold student’s efforts and provide support where needed.

You can reach our Educational Research & Development Division by phone during normal business hours (M-F, 8:00AM-4:00PM ET) at 484-237-5000, or by email at We welcome your questions, comments, and ideas.


Kim Breuninger
member since 2013
Gwen Brake
member since 2014
Nick Cross
member since 2014


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