"Giving a middle or high school student a realistic sense of a career like medicine early on can make a big difference in their long term plans," said Gail Wheatley, Edheads Executive Director; who is also the Director of Electronic Education at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio (www.cosi.org).
Wheatley admitted that her own desire to create these types of simulations was inspired in part by her own joyless science education that included a failed attempt at being a veterinarian.
According to EdHeads founder Gail Wheatley, who I interviewed by phone, Edheads does have the online equivalent of a tip jar for donations, which, together with Google Ad Sense generates "just a few thousand dollars per year" for overhead, which includes to keep a busy server in operation.
Other than that, it's the Public Broadcasting, find a sponsor model that keeps the Edheads
"Creating a simulation like Deep Brain can cost between $50,000 and $150,000 depending on the amount of animation" said Wheatley
Since Deep Brain lauched on March 20th 2010, Wheatley
told me the site has greaty surpassed their expectations.
The other is a limited business game called Design a Cell Phone, paid for by Motorola Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Engineering
that has attracted 536,578 unique visitors in it's first 2 1/2 months according to Wheatley
is particularly excited by the idea of mixing fashion with nanotechnology, to attract the interest of girls.