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Get Your Kid to Play This Online Game and Win a Scholarship

Your mission: Rove the galaxies retrieving “curiosity particles” containing “all sorts of wondrous notions” that have been scattered by the evil King Dullard. Using your smarts and scientific methods, extract the knowledge in those particles and rebuild the “untold universe.” It’s an online educational game for children from kindergarten to 12th grade from a company called Galxyz (pronounced galaxies) and slated for release in 2015.

What’s in it for parents? The New York Academy of Sciences is going to be watching. Students from around the world who show science aptitude in Galxyz will be considered for a free, high-quality science education through a new online talent-development organization called the Junior Academy. Budding scientists who are accepted into the Junior Academy will be showered with goodies that include mentoring, high-level online science courses, and opportunities to do research. They’ll also form a network of like-minded friends.