Residential Wiring teaches students and beginning electricians how to practically wire a home. The simulation includes 7 basic wiring circuits plus an entire house environment with 11 separate rooms including bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, garage and basement. Students select cable type, connect wires/conductors to the appropriate terminals and get scored on how they performed. The simulation also tests critical understanding via an adaptive quiz engine focused on NEC requirements (2011 or 2014) and wiring best practices.
Developed in partnership with Cengage Learning, Robotics teaches students the operational basics of an industry standard 6 axis robot. This includes key robot axis manipulation and programming for a range of simple tasks. The simulation also includes numerous animations to help illuminate robot functionality. A brilliant introductory tool for students potentially looking to robotics as a career.
In development through a partnership with NYSERDA, Interplay is designing and delivering an interactive 3D simulation for professionals who work on residential solar photovoltaic systems. Interplay seeks to fill the strong need in the market for more situational training around system commissioning, inspection, troubleshooting, and operating and maintenance (O&M).
RESNET 3D immerses current and aspiring audit professionals into a life-like residential setting where they are required to record and calculate key data points, including conditioned square footage, insulation quality and HVAC efficiency to successfully calculate a Home Energy Score Rating (HERS). The simulation serves as both as a valuable training tool and also as the simulated practical field exam for RESNET candidates.
In development for Cengage Learning, the Personal Finance simulation is based on several leading titles in the personal finance school market. Targeted for the 9-12th grader, the simulation activates learning on an important topic often ignored by young students. Through a dynamic interface and practical interactions, a student can work through the journey of understanding critical financial and life decisions.
Developed in partnership with Cengage learning, over 25 rich interactive wiring diagrams enable students to control HVAC equipment and visibly see how electricity flows and operates on different loads, switches and wires. Circuit Theory diagrams build up confidence on the basics of electricity including series and parallel circuits, motors and multimeter diagnostics. Equipment Wiring Diagrams provide a broad sample of typical equipment including air conditioners, boilers, gas furnaces, heat pumps, freezers and commercial systems.
Developed for the US Department of Energy, the Home Energy Score 3D training simulation focuses on a single, targeted learning objective: to efficiently train candidates nationwide to accurately deliver a Home Energy Score in the field. To build this skill set, the simulation features 3D, point-of-view immersive, scenario-based learning with different types of homes and energy features representing a national cross section. Deep variable sets allow candidates extensive practice in delivering a Home Energy Score.
Cosmetology helps students understand the key technical elements of hair cutting in a life-like, engaging and risk-free manner. There are 6 basic haircuts and decisions regarding parting, subsectioning and cutting angles that facilitate rapid understanding of hair cutting fundamentals.
Intercaz and ResCaz teach current and aspiring audit professionals the process of observing, recording and diagnosing potential safety concerns associated with carbon monoxide, gas leaks and backdraft that arise with typical home appliance and heating equipment. Immediate feedback reports combined with numerous scenarios facilitate high engagement and rapid learning. The life-like interactive simulations are designed to match the critical combustion appliance safety standards of the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and RESNET.
Developed for the City of Boulder in Colorado, the City Code Simulation gives the city administrators an easy way to deliver effective, comprehensive code training for a growing inspector base and the community. Featuring three virtual training houses and hundreds of code variables, users get extensive life-like experience applying the code.
Developed in partnership with Cengage Learning, HVAC Troubleshooting comes with 6 different equipment modules, each one of which has more than 20 different scenarios that include the most common electrical and mechanical faults. The detailed solutions guide users through the practical steps necessary to diagnose the problem correctly. Students utilize a realistic multimeter, manifold gauge and ammeter to determine problems ranging from a bad start winding or motor capacitor to a dirty condenser or refrigerant leak. Immediate feedback reports and instructors tools such as Assignments and Gradebook make this an ideal tool for a student or beginning technician to prepare for a career in the HVAC industry.
Network+ Troubleshooting Simulation is an interactive 3D simulation designed to help students hone their practical diagnostic skills. The simulation includes step-by-step guides focusing on common problems found in small-to-medium offices such as network printer errors and wireless connection problems. In total there are over 20 different scenarios that will keep students fully engaged while preparing them with the necessary skills needed to succeed on the job.
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Doug is responsible for managing Interplay's partner relationships and business development efforts. He brings a commitment to delivering industry-leading learning and testing solutions to Interplay's partner companies. His background includes launching two software and one recreational services company. A proud Wahoo, he holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Steve is responsible for simulation development at Interplay. He manages the team of game designers, artists and programmers and collaborates with subject matter experts, instructors, students and partners to help create the most engaging and effective learning experiences possible. There is no better job. His background includes research and finance. Also a proud Wahoo, Steve holds BAs in Economics and History from the University of Virginia.
Drew is the creative maestro behind Interplay's simulation design. Drew combines a passion for learning, instructional design and engineering to build sophisticated, intuitive and stunning simulations. Once you've figured something out, you just caught up to where Drew was yesterday.
With a varied background in engineering, nanoelectronics and even puzzle design, Andrew has a passion for keeping ahead with technology and trends to ensure the simulations and training are at the forefront and leading the industry in engagement and effectiveness using innovative solutions. Andrew dazzles with his everything. He is anaMolloy.
Stephen has worked in computer forensics and data security, previously studying Digital Forensics at Teesside University. He uses his software engineering skills to design and program innovative learning simulations. His creative approach to game design is echoed in his passion for music, playing drums, percussion, guitar and piano! If we could all be Stephen, we would. Strike Mission out.
Hailing from the great state of Michigan, Shawn is a Unity developer that brings his strong passion for games and education to Interplay's simulations. Shawn has a BS in Computer Science with a specialization in game development from Michigan State University and has worked on many serious games projects in various subjects including railroads, evolution, and exercise. We wish we had 2 heads so we could keep up with him.
Leading the Quality Assurance team, Ife combines her passion for technology and art into the perfect software testing formula. Bug slayer extraordinaire, Ife uses her ninja-like abilities to detect bugs and user-related issues before they crawl out of control!
Chris is our Supreme Master of Art Things! Surrounded by 50 computers in a bunker outside of Philly, he is our go-to guy when it comes to anything art-related. He has been making games, apps and other interactive experiences for almost 20 years. 2-D, 3-D, 50-D -- he can do it all!
Craig is responsible for Business Development at Interplay. His focuses is on continuing to build a strong relationship with Interplay’s current customers as well as helping to foster and grow new opportunities. Craig is excited to help use technology to enhance people’s education. Craig has a diverse resume including teaching 4th grade in Los Angeles through Teach For America, corporate finance at Raytheon, and an assortment of business development ventures. He has an MBA from from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and a BA from Vanderbilt University in Economics.
Braden has worked as a software development tutor and course writer in Java. He also works in Unity doing game development work. Braden is as understated as his self-written bio suggests, but that just matches his singular awesomeness.
Fun fact: Braden attended the University of Minnesota.
Rajat Jain is the technical guru primarily responsible for software architecture at Interplay. He combines creativity, technical know-how and humility in all of his work. He holds B.Tech from Reputed university in India and specializes in various technologies including PHP, HTML5, CSS3,Moodle, Whatchaknow.net, fuelingUP and Wowzer.
Tim Hays has experience developing over 80 published products in the areas of games, education, training, science, defense, and is a cognitive scientist as an advanced artificial intelligence expert and a published senior member of the IEEE with 2 patents awarded, both relating to AI design and display of intelligent characters in games. When they talk about the threat of AI, they mean Tim.
Allen-Michael Brower hails from Louisville, Kentucky, where he carries out Game Design and Programming for Interplay and in the Indie community. He uses skills learned in indie games and simulations to create engaging and immersive learning sims for Interplay Learning.
Frank is a 3-D maestro obsessed with detail and excellence (and an occasional bench press – Frank models superheroes close to the heart). His rich and varied background from construction to computer science informs his craft with both grit and precision.