Welcome to Virtual Sprouts

Virtual Sprouts is a multiplatform suite of gardening games that can be used as a teaching tool. In the virtual garden children learn to select what crops to plant, plant their own garden, watch it grow, tend the crops, and harvest them. The goal of this project is to positively influence dietary changes and prevent obesity in minority youth through meaningful play. We propose to bring a novel combination of technology and teaching to bear on pediatric obesity in urban Los Angeles. We will develop interactive, multiplatform games, featuring a rich narrative, a pedagogical agent, and experiential learning design to achieve the aims of the program.