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Past Events

  • March 22nd, 2017: STEM Club: Ocean Knoll Elementary
  • Dr. Debi Kilb led a hands-on discussion of the science of earthquakes for 5th and 6th graders in the Ocean Knoll Elementary STEM afterschool program.


  • March 5th, 2017: Photosphere for SD Central Library
  • SIO GAMES visualization specialist Alan Yang and his virtual reality class did a special photosphere project for San Diego Central Library. All the 360 view photots are public accessble from Google Maps.


  • March 2nd, 2017: Science Night (Kindergartners)
  • SIO GAMES director Debi Kilb volunteered at a local science night for kindergartners. Young scientists at her station experimented with surface area and dissolving sugar cubes.


  • February 16th, 2017: Stakeholders Trip to Biosphere 2
  • Debi Kilb represented SIO GAMES during a recent stakeholders trip to Biosphere 2, to discuss how Biosphere 2 might be incorporated into our outreach programs.


  • February 13th, 2017: Experiencing the Hololens Techknolgy
  • SIO GAMES had the unique opportunity to try out the new Hololens technology (https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us) during an invited visit to Tim Huckaby at his company Interknowology (http://www.interknowlogy.com). Wow. Just Wow.


  • February 9th, 2017: New partnership: SCOPE & SIO GAMES
  • During the SIO Scripps Community Outreach Program for Education annual volunteer appreciation party, SCOPE members were introduced to the SIO GAMES Virtual Reality tour of the Sally Ride Research Vessel. SCOPE will start exploring how to include this free app within the SIO SCOPE tours.


  • February 7th, 2017: Scripps Infrastructure for Outreach
  • Joining the conversation, SIO GAMES participated in a round-table focus session on "Scripps Infrastructure for Outreach". These focus sessions stem from a larger Scripps Outreach Town Hall session and are led by Birch Aquarium educational professionals.


  • February 7th 2017: NeXT Program: Virtual Reality
  • SIO GAMES visualization specialist Alan Yang was selected to teach in the new NeXT program, a program that prepares students to be a part of our innovation economy. Mr. Yang is teaching his students virtual Reality Programming and how to make a photosphere.


  • February 2nd, 2017: First Grade Science Night
  • SIO GAME director Debi Kilb was on site volunteering to help at a 1st grade science night at a local elementary school. Students at her station experimented with water and pressure.


  • January 17th, 2017: Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education
  • The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum's "An Ocean Experience" won a 2017 Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education from the California Association of Museums. This competition recognizes the outstanding achievements in California museum programs that serve K-12 students and/or educators. SIO GAMES contributed a simulated flight through the bathymetry offshore San Pedro, California, that is used in the exhibit.


  • December 23rd, 2016: Happy Holidays!

  • December 19th, 2016: Arctic Explorer Trailer Filming
  • SIO GAMES lead programmer Daniel Rohrlick filmed some action video-shorts to use in the 2-person virtual reality Arctic Explorer: The Elusive Narwhal trailer. Talent for the shoot enjoyed the game so much that acting was not required.


  • December 17th, 2016: Outshine Christmas Party
  • Outshine

    SIO GAMES' Alan Yang joined Outshine Education Center Christmas party to promote LEGO Robotics and Virtual Reality Programming classes. The new partnership between Sally Ride Science and Outshine Education Center will offer these classes starting in February 2017.


  • December 12-16th, 2016:Take a virtual reality tour while at AGU!
  • AGU 2016

    Visitors to Scripps Intuition of Oceanography's AGU booth had the option to virtually explore the new Sally Ride Research Vessel using the SIO Games virtual reality tour app AGU 2016. This exposure net an additional 200 downloads of the SIO GAMES app.


  • December 6th, 2016: Point Loma Nazarene University Perspectives on Science Lecture
  • SIO GAMES Dr. Debi Kilb was the invited speaker for the Point Loma Nazarene University Perspectives on Science lecture, a lecture series for science teachers. During this event Debi introduced the SIO GAMES zany Quake Catcher Kinect Game.


  • December 3rd, 2016: San Diego STEAM Maker Festival
  • Although not on site at the booth, in their partnership with Sally Ride Science, SIO GAMES was integral in helping to select and design the hands-on activities at the Sally Ride Science Booth at the San Diego STEAM Maker Festival.


  • November 29th, 2016: Triton Innovation Challenge Results
  • Trinet Challenge 2016

    Great job to our competitors Squidtoons and the Social Innovaiton winner One Village in the finalist round of the Trinet Innovation Challenge! Congratulations to Dr. Debi Kilb and Daniel Rohrlick for their pitch presentation!


  • November 22nd, 2016: Triton Innovation Challenge
  • SIO Games has made it to the finals of the Triton Innovation Challenge! If you're in the San Diego area and available November 29th from 5:30-8:00pm, we'll be delivering our 2 minute pitch to compete for the grand prize!

    Register here to come out and support us!


  • November 3rd, 2016: Ocean Air Elementary School
  • SIO GAMES director Dr. Debi Kilb was an invited speaker at Ocean Air Elementary School. Incorporated in Debi's seismology presentation was SIO GAMES virtual reality (VR) viewer of the new SIO Sally Ride research vessel. Debi helped the students use the VR viewer in a play about deploying ocean bottom seismometers.


  • November 3rd, 2016: Family Science Night
  • Eek!! Was the squeal of excitement when film canister rockets launched at Poway School District's 3rd grade family science night. SIO GAMES's Dr. Debi Kilb was at the launch pad helping the budding scientists with their experiments.


  • October 29th-30th 2016: Sally Ride at Broadway Pier
  • SIO Games was at full force for the public event of the new Sally Ride at the San Diego Broadway Pier. Featured was the new VR Sally Ride app along with the Arctic Explorer Oculus game.

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  • October 28th 2016: VR Sally Ride
  • Experience a 3D virtual tour of Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s newest research vessel, the R/V Sally Ride, with our new VR Sally Ride app. Download it now for free for Android or iPhone.

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    VR Sally Ride Pier 2

  • October 12th, 2016: University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Dr. Bridget Konter, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, visited the SIO GAMES lab to learn discuss potential partnerships. The discussion revolved around educational videogames and included how to use games during the Shake Out, how to incorporate virtual reality technology and the benefits of Kiosk learning.


  • October 6th, 2016: KPBS Interview with Neal Driscoll
  • KPBS Driscoll

    SIO GAMES was on site to assist with the backdrop images for a KPBS interview with SIO's Neal Driscoll about a new research paper.


  • September 22nd, 2016: Science Night
  • Poway Science Night

    SIO GAMES's Dr. Debi Kilb was on site at a Poway School District Family Science Night helping out with the vacuum candle experiment station.


  • September 17th, 2016: Day For Kids
  • Three different SIO GAMES stations Artic Explorer, DEEP and a virtual view of the new Sally Ride Research Vessel were available at the fun-filled Day For Kids event at the Boys and Girls club of Oceanside.

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  • September 1st, 2016: Seismology Data Visualization
  • For the third consecutive year, Dr. Aaron Velasco used SIO GAMES's Seismology Data Visualization Tool to explain real-time earthquake data to his undergraduate seismology class, and assigned his students the associated online homework.


  • August 24th, 2016: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • SIO GAMES director Dr. Debi Kilb gave an invited at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Included in the presentation was a discussion of SIO GAMES and the 2016 Sally Ride Science Junior Academy for Girls.

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  • August 12th, 2016: Music of Earthquakes

  • August 6th, 2016: Icebergs!
  • Iceberg

    A big thank you to Chris Tandy for helping model the new iceberg elements for the Arctic Explorer game. Don't run into them!


  • August 6th, 2016: SIO Summer Block Party
  • At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Summer Block Party, SIO GAMES showcased the new 2 player virtual reality Arctic Explorer game and the virtual reality models of the new Sally Ride Research Vessel.

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  • July 20th, 2016: QUEST
  • QUEST

    SIO GAMES director Dr. Debi Kilb hosted a group of 20 teachers who were participating in the "Quality Understanding and Engagement for Students and Teachers on Computational Thinking" (QUEST CT) program. The day's activities included research talks by SIO scientists, a graduate student Q/A panel, a tour of the SIO Core Lab and a talk by Garfield Kwan from Squidtoons.


  • July 19th, 2016: Sally Ride Science: 3D Modeling
  • Sally Ride Science Maya

    Check out SIO GAMES' Daniel Rohrlick teaching the "Introduction to Programming" and "3D Modeling" courses at the Sally Ride Science Summer Academy.


  • July 18th, 2016: Sally Ride Science: Robotics
  • Sally Ride Science Robotics

    As part of the Sally Ride Science Summer Academy for girls, SIO GAMES' Visualization Specialist Mr. Alan Yang taught the "Introduction to Robotics" and "Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard" classes.


  • July 13th, 2016: Cindy Marten
  • Cindy Marten

    San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten visited the Sally Ride Science Junior academy for girls to learn about the new program and meet some of the students.


  • July 12th, 2016: Sally Ride Science: Music of Earthquakes
  • Sally Ride Science Music Of Earthquakes

    As part of the Sally Ride Science Summer Academy for girls, SIO GAMES' Dr. Debi Kilb taught the "Music of Earthquakes" class. This week long class included: play acting to understand seismic intensities, the creation of guitar pick necklaces and rubber-band guitars, learning the difference between high and low frequencies using musical instruments and spectra grams, understanding the concept of P- and S-waves using Slinkies, and extending these concepts to understand earthquake early warning.


  • June 26th, 2016: Scripps Family Day
  • At the SIO GAMES booth at Scripps Family Day, which was held at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma, SIO GAMES showcased multiple games and data visualization tools, including the 2-person virtual reality narwhal game Artic Explorer, virtual reality models of the new Sally Ride research vessel and the Ship Tracks interactive data viewer.

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  • June 9th, 2016: STEAM EXPO at Notre Dame Academy
  • STEAM Expo

    As invited guests at the STEAM EXPO at Notre Dame Academy, SIO GAMES’s Danny Rohrlick and Debi Kilb introduced over 100 students (3rd-8th graders) to the two-player virtual reality narwhal game Arctic Explorer.


  • June 4th, 2016: Arctic Explorer at the Smithsonian
  • SIO Games and Dive Into the Ocean demonstrated our newest game Arctic Explorer at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. for World Ocean Day. This was our first public demonstration of our game that features cooperative 2 player gameplay using the Oculus Rift!

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  • May 25th, 2016: Sally Ride Science Summer Academy at Notre Dame Academy
  • Sally Ride KUSI

    With 6th grade expert science assistance’s (4 young scientists on the right) from Notre Dame Academy SIO GAME’s director Dr. Debi Kilb was interviewed by Fox-5 news this morning to promote the new Sally Ride Summer Academy.


  • May 8th, 2016: Sally Ride Science Summer Academy
  • Sally Ride KUSI

    SIO GAME’s Dr. Debi Kilb was promoting the Sally Ride Science Summer Academy classes during an interview at KUSI Television.

    Check out the free event Saturday, May 14th from 10am-11:30am at UC San Diego Extension, 6256 Greenwich Drive.


  • May 7th, 2016: UCSD Transfer Day
  • Sally Ride KUSI

    At UCSD Triton Transfer Day, students had the opportunity to explore a virtual model of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's (SIO's) Revelle research vessel at the SIO booth. This model was created by SIO GAMES and can be viewed using a simple virtual reality viewer.


  • May 5th, 2016: Sunset View Elementary School's Science Night
  • Sunset View

    Dr. Matthew Spydell, an oceanographer from Scripps Intuition of Oceanography, was on site at the Sunset View Elementary School's Science Night. In addition to hands-on activities about seawater density and mixing, he also showcased the SIO GAMES Virtual Reality viewer of the Scripps pier and the Revelle research vessel.


  • April 27th, 2016: Final Class for Promise to Kids
  • Lead programmer Daniel Rohrlick was on site for the final class of the Promise to Kids program, for the a public testing of SIOGAMES's newest of the two-person virtual reality "Arctic Explorer: The Elusive Narwhal" game.

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  • April 24th, 2016: Exploring Ocean STEM Careers
  • STEM Careers

    Dr. Debi Kilb from SIO GAMES was on site at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps as an invited scientist to participate in the STEM program "Exploring Ocean STEM Careers".


  • April 16th, 2016: Robotics
  • Using robotics equipment from SIO GAMES that was purchased via a Las Patronas grant, the sixth grade ROBOT RAIDERS 3-person team (Aaron, Juan and Eli) were on site for the LEGOLAND Spring Fling, competing against more than 50 teams from Southern California. ROBOT RAIDERS won first place in robot design against teams five times their size. Their ingenuity and ability to work under pressure without the resource of coach or laptop secured their place as a team whose resourcefulness is a force to be reckoned with.

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  • April 9th, 2016: Triton Day
  • Hundreds of UC San Diego staff and volunteers welcomed more than 15,000 admitted students and their families to UCSD Triton Day 2016. The day-long event provided students and visitors with the opportunity to explore UC San Diego’s campus, undergraduate colleges, academic departments, student services, student organizations, and other resources. Scripps Institution of Oceanography had a noticeable presence during Triton Day by enchanting prospective students with a 3D "virtual tour" of the Scripps Pier and research vessel Revelle through a custom virtual reality app designed by SIO Games.

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  • March 30th, 2016: Promise to Kids Program
  • SIO GAME’s Daniel Rohrlick was on site to demo the Quake Catcher game to high school seniors in the the Promise to Kids program via a collaborative project with UCSD Extension.


  • March 5th, 2016: Elementary Institute of Science Open House
  • Representing the three-way partnership between the Elementary Institute of Science, UCSD Extension and Scripps Institution of Oceanography Cynthia Matzke was on site at the EIS Open House to promote her upcoming class “How to Make a Disaster Film Based on Real Science”.


  • March 4th, 2016: Commision on STE[+a]M Program begins
  • SIO GAMES begins teaching the technical components of the Commision on STE[+a]M Program. This week featured an introduction to image editing using GIMP. More updates to come!

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  • March 3rd, 2016: Science Night (Kindergarteners)
  • SIO GAMES was on site once again at SCIENCE NIGHT at Park Village Elementary School, this time for Kindergartners! Six hands-on learning stations that spanned a range of topics from how to recycle to using a microscope.

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    Science Night Kindergarteners 2

  • February 25th, 2016: Sally Ride Science
  • Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego lifts off with innovative summer programs. Included in the line up are classes taught by SIO GAMES insturctors including classes such as Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard and Introduction to Digital 3D Modeling using Maya.


  • February 24th, 2016: Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • At the 2016 Ocean Sciences meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Cheryl Peach presented a talk titled “Expanding the Graduate Education Experience at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego” where she summarized programs at Scripps and the strategic collaboration with UCSD Extension, which includes STEAM classes taught by SIO GAMES instructors.


  • February 22-26th, 2016: Scripps Booth at the AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • Ocean Sciences Viewer

    Participants at the 2016 Ocean Sciences meeting in New Orleans had the opportunity to visit the Scripps Institution of Oceanography booth and see a model of the Scripps vessel the Revelle in virtual reality, which was very popular.


  • February 19th, 2016: Narwhal Virtual Reality Two Player Game
  • A new two player virtual reality game about narwhals is in development! SIO GAMES is building this game in collaboration with the executive directors from Science Galaxy, in boulder Colorado, and Dive Into the Ocean in Tennessee. A small demo for players of all ages tested the game's playability and fun-factor. More details to come soon!

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    Narwhal Test 2

  • February 4th, 2016: Science Night
  • SIO GAMES helped out at Park Villiage Elementary School's SCIENCE NIGHT for 1st graders. One student reported, “Science is really messy but a lot of fun”.


  • January 29th, 2016: Commision on STE[+a]M
  • CommisionSTEAM 1

    At the COMMISSION ON STE[+a]M kick-off meeting students and parents were introduced to the Tech Connection portion of the program, which will be taught by SIO GAMES instructors. Funded by the San Diego Women's Foundation and presented by a joint venture with Elementary Institute of Science and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, this program is a 6-month leadership development program for a select group of 25 high-school students.


  • January 21st, 2016: La Jolla Men’s Society
  • Men's Society

    SIO GAMES director Dr. Debi Kilb was an invited speaker at the La Jolla Men’s society meeting, where she discussed earthquake safety, earthquake source physics and described the work of SIO GAMES.


  • January 20th, 2016: Scripps Science Showcase
  • Our new Virtual Reality tool, which allows users to view the the Scripps pier and Scripps research vessel the Revelle in virtual reality, was available for viewing at the Scripps Science Showcase event in the Robert Paine Scripps Forum.


  • January 19th, 2016: SIO GAMES Donation
  • SIO GAMES receives private funding!
    Check out the article here!


  • December 23rd, 2015: Happy Holidays!

  • December 18th, 2015: VR at American Geophysical Union
  • At this year's AGU, SIO Games dazzeled the users of our prototype VR software.

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  • December 3rd, 2015: Notre Dame Academy Round 2
  • Learning can be so fun! SIO GAMES setup 3 educational game stations (Quake Catcher, Virtual Reality and Tilt Trivia Tablet game) for 50 sixth graders at Notre Dame Academy.

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  • November 20th, 2015: Dive Into The Ocean
  • Dr. Leslie Smith, our collaborator from the non-profit Dive Into the Ocean, held an ocean science workshops for 30 middle school students (6th-8th graders) in Maryville, TN. During the workshop students had the option to play DEEP.

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  • November 19th, 2015: Notre Dame Academy
  • Sixth graders at Notre Dame Academy in San Diego, California, learned what a seismologist does from Dr. Debi Kilb.

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  • November 17th, 2015: Voice of the Instructor
  • SIO GAMES director Debi Kilb was highlighted in the “Voice of the Instructor” section of the UCSD Extension catalog in an article titled Shaking up science education with STEAM”.

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  • November 13th, 2015: Park Village Elementary School
  • During a hands-on seismology lesson for more than 100 third graders at Park Village Elementary School, Dr. Debi Kilb used the SIO GAMES Virtual Reality viewer of the Scripps Revelle ship to explain how scientists deploy ocean bottom seismometers.

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  • November 13th, 2015: UCSD Founders Day
  • The UCSD Founders Day festival kicked off in in UCSD’s town square where ~800 students enjoyed a bustling carnival of activities. Included in the event was SIO’s booth that included a new beta version of a Virtual Reality version of the Scripps ship the Revelle.

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    Founders Day 2

  • November 12th, 2015: Seismic Warning Systems
  • SIO GAMES’s Danny Rohrlick was at the helm driving the new IGPP HYPERWALL that was used as a backdrop for the media event announcing a gift of $700,000 by Seismic Warning Systems supporting the ANZA Seismic Network. Learn more.

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  • Ocotober 23-24th, 2015: School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology Open House
  • Expanding from local to regional events, SIO GAMES participated in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) Open House at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. At this two day event SIO GAMES was invited to showcase the Quake Catcher Kinect game and the beta version of the Tilt Trivia game for the ~7000 visitors.

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  • Ocotober 15th, 2015: The Great California Shake Out
  • Partnering with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, SIO GAMES showcased Quake Catcher, the beta version of the Tilt Trivia game, and hands-on learning tools at Birch as part of the Great California Shake Out.

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  • Ocotober 14th, 2015: San Diego Science Alliance High Tech Fair
  • The San Diego Science Alliance once again hosted the High Tech Fair in Del Mar. We attended and presented, engaging the public in STEAM topics with our games!

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  • Ocotober 12th, 2015: Presentation for IRIS DSSC
  • Daniel Rohrlick and Debi Kilb gave a tour of the new IGPP HyperWall for the IRIS Data Services Standing Committee (DSSC) during the committee’s Fall meeting in San Diego.

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  • October 12th, 2015: Get ready for Earthquake Safety
  • Join us on October 15th at Birch Aquarium's annual Shake Out event! Learn about earthquake safety and play Quake Catcher!


  • Ocotober 10th, 2015: Tilt Triva Beta
  • Our new Tilt Trivia game, currently in Beta release featuring Scripps related trivia, was included in the free Scripps Institution of Oceanography tour of the SIO campus.

  • TiltTrivia Avatars 1

  • October 1st, 2015: SIO Games once again teaches at Elementary Institute of Science
  • We're teaching courses in Programming, Robotics, and Science at EIS starting tomorrow! Check out the video of how our classes went last time!


  • September 15th, 2015: Del Mar Foundation Talks
  • Debi Kilb was the invited speaker at the Del Mar Foundation Talks, which is a unique version of TED Talks, drawing speakers from the local San Diego community. Debi’s talk titled “OUR NEXT EARTHQUAKE” included data visualizations, a discussion of current seismology research, and promotion of SIO GAMES educational videogames. Check out the video here!

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  • September 10th, 2015: Tech to Reconnect at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Daniel Rohrlick was invited to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Tech to Reconnect event to present how educational videogames are just one way technology can connect the public to topics in nature! SIO Games also showed off all our games and new prototypes!

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  • September 9th, 2015: Quake Catcher available for the Kinect One
  • Quake Catcher is now available for the Kinect One! If you have Windows 8 or higher and the Kinect Adapter for Windows, go ahead and download the newest version of the game here!


  • August 28th, 2015: Quake Catcher at Elementary Institute of Science
  • Students in the Elementary Institute of Science summer program of 40 kids ranging from ages 8-12 had the opportunity to play Quake Catcher. Students had a great time running, jumping, and creating earthquakes as they learned about the science of earthquakes and earthquake safety

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  • August 28th, 2015: Dr. Debi Kilb's invited to speak about Earthquake Science
  • Debi Kilb was the invited speaker at the Elementary Institute of Science summer camp, where she discussed earthquakes and earthquake science using interactive visualizations and hands-on materials like Slinkies.

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    Debi Talk 2

  • August 14th, 2015: Videogame Programming and Robotics Courses
  • With the help of Elementary Institute of Science (EIS), UC San Diego Extension, and Scripps Oceanography, our videogame programming and robotics courses offered at EIS was featured in this article. Also, check out the accompanying Flickr gallery here!

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  • July 31st, 2015: DEEP at the Birch Summer Camps
  • Once again, a new session of campers at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps summer camp "So you want to be an oceanographer?" continue learning about the deep ocean using DEEP!

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    Birch Camp Second 2

  • July 21st, 2015: DEEP at the Birch Summer Camps
  • Campers at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps summer camp "So you want to be an oceanographer?" learned about the deep ocean using SIO GAMES Xbox 360 game DEEP!

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  • July 1st, 2015: Students from Elementary Institute of Science visit SIO GAMES
  • High School students from the Elementary Institute of Science had the opportunity to learn about seismology from the Quake Catcher Kinect game. Other activities during the visit included visiting the SIO Ocean Bottom Seismometer laboratory.

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  • June 29th, 2015: Intertribal Youth visit SIO GAMES
  • Two groups of students from the Intertribal Youth summer camp visited us to play DEEP and learn about our oceans/earth from imagery on the Scripps Hyperwall.

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  • June 29th, 2015: San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation visit SIO GAMES
  • SIO GAMES hosted a 2 hour event for students in the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation's Ocean Science Education summer camp. Students rotated through three learning stations that promoted ocean science that included the opportunity to play DEEP.

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  • June 18th, 2015: Debi Kilb at Elementary Institute of Science
  • SIO GAMES director Debi Kilb gave a talk titled “How I study earthquakes” to summer campers at the Elementary Institute of Science, located in the Diamond District of San Diego.

  • RoundTable

  • June 4th, 2015: Promotional Videos
  • Working with SIO Communications, SIO GAMES assisted with the eye-catching backdrops for a bilingual (Spanish and English) promotional video shoot to promote Scripps and Scripps science. The bilingual speakers included Carl Ebeling and Fernando Paolo.

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  • June 1st, 2015: Quake Catcher at Science Night
  • Quake Cather was one component of a middle school's Science Night. Students and their families lined up to play and take home souvenir photos of them playing the game.

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  • May 26th, 2015: Welcome Caroline Fleet
  • Caroline Fleet, from Haverford College, joined SIO GAMES as a scientific illustrator intern. Caroline has a background in biology and visual media.


  • May 26th, 2015: 2nd Graders test Tilt Trivia
  • SIO GAMES brought their tablet based TILT TRIVIA game to a local school in San Diego. Over 100 happy 2nd grade students were given the tablet based game and challenged their friends and learned more about rocks and minerals. This event that was sponsored by NSF EAR-EarthScope Award #1460232.

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  • May 22nd, 2015: DEEP will be featured the Smithsonian
  • On June 7th, Dive into the Ocean will be presenting DEEP at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Find more information about it here!


  • May 9th, 2015: STEAM Teaching

  • We're teaming up with UC San Diego Extension and Elementary Institute of Science to offer introductory programming and robotics classes for San Diego. Check out the article here!


  • April 30th, 2015: Tilt Trivia testing
  • Initial beta testing of the Tilt Trivia tablet game for a 2nd grade classroom in San Diego was a big hit with the kids! “Where can I get this?” they squealed.

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  • April 29th, 2015: Birch Dive Show footage
  • We're working with the Birch Aquarium to film aquatic content for their visualization wall. More to come!

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  • March 5th, 2015: San Pedro Channel flight movie
  • SIO Game’s Debi Kilb worked in tandem with media producer Jonathan Wells from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to create a simulated movie flight through the San Pedro Channel. This movie will be used in the museum’s “Sea Mobile”, a 50 foot truck that simulates a oceanic submersible dive off the Los Angeles coast. The exhibit travels, at no charge, to all the middle schools in Los Angeles Unified School District.

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  • February 27th, 2015: Ask a Seismologist
  • Debi was the featured seismologist in three back-to-back sessions of "ask a seismologist", a collaborative Skype-based program with 6th grade students at Grant Elementary School.


  • February 26th, 2015: STEAM classes
  • We will be offering classes Robotics, Programming, and Seismology this spring for High School students interested in gaining college prep credit! Register today!

  • STEAM Classes

  • February 9th, 2015: FELT Tool
  • Sixth grade students at San Elijo Middle School learned how to determine the location of an earthquake using the interactive web-based FELT tool, which uses real seismic data and was designed though a collaboration between SIO Games and California State University San Marcos.

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  • February 6th, 2015: "SeisSound" Movies
  • SIO Games created a suite of "SeisSound" movies for 8 seismic stations that recorded the 2010 Chile magnitude 8.8 earthquake.


  • January 30th, 2015: Quake Catcher Teacher Round Table
  • At a teacher round table, held at the Birch Aquarium, science teachers gave feedback on how to improve the Quake Catcher Kinect game.

  • RoundTable

  • January 29th, 2015: Visitors from the Natural History Museum
  • Our friends from the Natural History Museum and the Balboa Park Online Collaborative visited us to play our games and discuss potential collaborations.

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  • December 18th, 2014: Happy Holidays!

  • November 21st, 2014: Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk
  • We helped out at the Scripps Station for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day 60 mile walk to cure breast cancer!

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  • November 5th, 2014: Quake Catcher 1.15 Changelog:
  • New:

  • -Boundary restrictions to prevent players from getting lost.

  • -Other gameplay optimizations.


  • October 22nd, 2014: San Diego High Tech Fair
  • We presented DEEP at the San Diego High Tech Fair!

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  • October 19th, 2014: Check out our video short!
  • We assisted with the video production for the “Draining the Ocean Basins with CryoSat-2” short. This video is an electronic supplement for the Sandwell et al., 2014 SCIENCE article.

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  • October 18th, 2014: Quake Catcher the Birch Aquarium!
  • For the ShakeOut and SEA Days events at Birch Aquarium, we were there with the Quake Catcher game!

  • BONUS: check out the HD timelapse video from the event!

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  • October 9th, 2014: Scripps Calendar 2015!
  • Vote for your favorite images for the 2015 Scripps Calendar! Although we think our image from DEEP is the best, be sure to check out all the other amazing photos!


  • October 2nd, 2014: DEEP featured in the UCSD Alumni Magazine!
  • Check out the article about DEEP in September's UCSD Alumni Magazine (Page 10)! An online version is also available!


  • September 30th, 2014: Game day at the Birch Aquarium!
  • SIOGAMES hosted a Game Day event at the Birch Aquarium for instructors and volunteers with the Quake Catcher game!

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  • September 18th, 2014: Behind The Scenes Tour!
  • A Behind The Scenes Tour of SIO and SIOGAMES was a popular item at the San Diego River Park Foundation’s Anniversary Party silent auction. The top bidder will bring 10 people on the half-day tour!


  • September 1st, 2014: The Game of Curiosity
  • Our recent article "The Game of Curiosity: Using Videogames to Cultivate Future Scientists" was tagged by Seismological Research Letters as one of the Most-Read Articles during August 2014.


  • August 18th, 2014: DEEP 1.22 Changelog:
  • Updated:

  • -Credit roster to include our new play testers!

  • Fixed:

  • -Minor fixes to update the PC version with the Xbox 360 version.


  • August 15th, 2014: DEEP Published
  • Great news! DEEP is now available on the Xbox 360 Marketplace! Search for "DEEP" in the Indie game category! Although the Xbox 360 version offers the intended graphical quality we wanted for our users, the PC version will still be available here.


  • August 5th, 2014: Our Future, Our 2050
  • We had a large presence at the San Diego Foundation's Solution Series Event "Our Future, Our 2050". Attendees at the event had the option to play our DEEP game, our new iPad Classroom Countdown game, or create an art masterpiece at the Algae Press table.

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  • August 1st, 2014: Birch Summer Camp
  • Campers in the "So you want to be an oceanographer" summer camp at the Birch Aquarium had the opportunity to pilot an underwater vehicle in the DEEP XBox 360 game.

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  • July 23rd, 2014: Intertribal Youth Group Visit
  • SIO Games hosted high school students in the San Diego based Intertribal Youth Group program. During the visit, five new highscores were made in the DEEP game and students helped design computerized music with help from SIO games new collaborator Sebastian Le Bras from Stanford.

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  • July 18th, 2014: Demos at the Birch Aquarium
  • Check out our summer camp demos at the Birch Aquarium starting today! Campers will learn about being an Oceanographer by playing our XBOX educational videogame DEEP!


  • July 9th, 2014: ACTivate Computational Thinking summer academy
  • In collaboration Cal State University of San Marcos, SIO Games co-hosted a summary teacher academy for teachers in the San Diego region. Invited speaker Dominique Barns led a field trip to the Kelp Tanks at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps and provided supplies for every teacher to create their own Algae Press artwork.

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  • June 22nd, 2014: Scripps Family Days
  • SIO Games was showcased at Scripps Family Days where more than 75 members of the Scripps family, descendants of E.W. and his offspring, gathered to enjoy a day of play.


  • June 14th, 2014: Quake Catcher in Germany
  • If you happen to be in Potsdam Germany check out the German translated verison of Quake Catcher at this event hosted by our overseas collaborators!


  • May 28th, 2014: We presented at the WPO event!
  • We showed off our games at the World President's Organization event!

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  • May 14th, 2014: Algae Press
  • Check out our fellow collaborators at Algae Press!


  • May 9th, 2014: My Strangest Stranger
  • We were was selected to create an auditory representation of seismic waves for an art installation at the University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego.

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  • May 8th, 2014: Help test DEEP 1.20
  • We are preparing for the Xbox Marketplace release of DEEP and we can use your help!

  • Download the newest 1.20 version of DEEP. If you find any bugs let our programmer know and we'll add you in our game credits!


  • May 8th, 2014: DEEP 1.20 Changelog:
  • New:

  • -The previously locked Coral Level!

  • -A "Continue" feature.

  • -Menu additions and improvments.

  • -General gameplay improvments.

  • Fixed:

  • -Minor gameplay issues.


  • May 7th, 2014: Quake Catcher 1.14.14 Changelog:
  • Known Issues:

  • -Testing out new ways to encourage players to spread out sensors.

  • New:

  • -Faster player movement controls.

  • -Game Credits!

  • -General gameplay optimizations.

  • Fixed:

  • -Tutorial crash.

  • -Sensors not placed correctly on results map.


  • April 17th, 2014: More details on the TRInet Challenge win
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography released a detailed story on Debi's win earlier this month!


  • April 2nd, 2014: Debi Kilb wins the Audience prize at the TRInet Challenge
  • Congratulations to Debi Kilb for winning the Audience prize in the finals of the TRInet Challenge!

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  • March 27th, 2014: Marshall Middle School: 6th grade math & social studies
  • Sixth grade students at Thurgood Marshall Middle School were awe-struck by the goofy action photos of themselves taken during the Quake Catcher Kinect game.

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  • March 13th, 2014: Marshall Middle School: 6th grade math & social studies
  • The SIO GAMES team was deemed the ‘blue jean scientists’ by the Marshall Middle School 6th graders. During the two hour outreach event the students enjoyed hands-on seismology and the Quake Catcher Kinect game.

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  • March 10th, 2014: Playtest DEEP on the Xbox 360
  • We are working hard to publish DEEP on the Xbox 360 marketplace.

    If you're a member of Xbox LIVE Indie Games, playtest it here before we begin the release process!


  • March 10th, 2014: DEEP 1.19 Changelog:
  • Known Issues:

  • -Coral level currently unavailable.

  • New:

  • -Adjustable screen scaling.

  • -A "Continue" feature.

  • Fixed:

  • -Gameplay menu issues.

  • -Audio bugs for gameplay tips.


  • February 21st, 2014: SIO Games is a semifinalist in the TriNet Challenge
  • We were selected as a semifinalist in the Social Entrepreneurship track of the TriNet Challenge competition!


  • February 18th, 2014: SIO Games was featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune
  • We were featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune!


  • February 9th, 2014: DEEP received a Honorable Mention
  • After entering the National Science Foundation Visualization Challenge, DEEP received a honorable mention

  • It was even featured in the web magazine Science! Check out the details here!


  • February 8th, 2014: DEEP 1.18 Changelog:
  • Known Issues:

  • -Coral level currently unavailable.

  • New:

  • -Menu improvements.

  • -Elevator lift effects.

  • Fixed:

  • -Simplified Elevator removal sequence.


  • December 2013
  •      We were at the American Geophysics Union Convention giving a presentation on educational games and giving demos of DEEP
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