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An environmental disaster has taken place on Planet Earth and we need your help.

The Smithsonian Institution and the MIT Education Arcade invite all scientists-in-training ages 10 ½ to 14 to log onto VANISHED and help decipher clues that unravel one of the world’s biggest mysteries.  An online/offline interactive event, VANISHED is an eight-week episodic quest that will transform you into principal scientific investigators who must collaborate to find the answers.  You will race against time as you solve games, puzzles, and other online challenges; visit real museums; collect samples from in and around your homes; and even partner with some of the Smithsonian’s world renowned scientists and investigators, to help unlock the  true secrets of this catastrophe—before it’s too late.

Participating in Vanished is free, and you can spend as much or as little time as you want.  Parents and educators can learn more on the About page.

Vanished ran from April 4 to May 22, 2011.

Even though it's over, if you would like to log in and see the site you can create an account, or use the 'guest' account (Username: guest, Password: guest)

Also, you can sign up to find out about future games here.

 

 

 

The Whole Story (May 22)
Account information
For your privacy, DO NOT use any part of your real name as your username. Your username can be viewed by other Vanished users.
Please do not use profanity. Spaces are allowed; punctuation and @ signs are not allowed except for periods, hyphens, and underscores.
A valid e-mail address. All e-mails from the system will be sent to this address. The e-mail address is not made public and will only be used if you wish to receive a new password or wish to receive certain news or notifications by e-mail.
Provide a password for the new account in both fields.
Personal information
Your parents will be notified regarding your account creation.
Location
Share information with public
These fields will enable you to control whether or not you would like to display them on your user profile.
Terms and Conditions of Use

Thanks for registering for Vanished! To play, you'll need to agree to abide by the site rules.

In Vanished online discussions and activities, you must never:

*reveal your real name or contact information (including your email address, street address, phone number, instant messenger account, social network account, hometown, or school)
*ask anyone else for their real name or contact information, or reveal their real name or contact information
*bully others or use hurtful language
*use profanity or inappropriate language

If you participate in Vanished, game staff will screen all the posts and communications you make on the Vanished site to be sure you're complying with the rules. We will read your posts before making them public.   If you break the rules,  we may have to ban you from the Vanished site.

 

ASSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH

Vanished: A Science Mystery Game

1. My name is Scot Osterweil, Research and Creative Director at the MIT Education Arcade.

2. We are conducting a study on Vanished to learn more about how well our games do with players of your age. We will be collecting some data from all Vanished players. If you play Vanished, we will be collecting some data from you as well.

3. If you play Vanished, we will ask you some survey questions on the website about how you feel about science and how well the game is going for you. These questions will be used to figure out if we need to improve our game. The questions are for testing the game, not for testing you. While you use the website, we will also collect some data about when and how you use the site. This data will be collected automatically – you won’t notice it being collected.

4. While playing Vanished, you might feel like you aren’t doing well in the game, and you may stop playing at any time.

5. Please talk this over with your parents before you decide whether or not to participate. We will also ask your parents to give their permission for you to take part in this study. But even if your parents say “yes” you can still decide not to do this.

6. We will collect data from all Vanished players. So if you don’t want us to collect data from you, you should not play Vanished. Remember, playing this game is up to you and no one will be upset if you don’t want to participate or even if you change your mind later and want to stop.

7. You can ask me questions that you have about the study now by emailing questions@vanished.mit.edu. If you have a question later that you didn’t think of now, you can email me later. You can also call the Chairman of the Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects at M.I.T. at 1-617-253 6787 if you feel you have been treated unfairly.

8. Clicking “Accept Terms & Conditions of Use” at the bottom of this page means that you agree to play Vanished and allow us to collect data from you. We will email you and your parents a copy of this form if you agree to play.

Thanks for registering for Vanished! Due to your age, we're creating a “watcher” account for you.  This means that you may log into the Vanished website and view any of the content, including games, videos, video conferences, and forum posts.  However, you may not post to the forums or upload data to the site.  This is so we can keep our online discussions age-appropriate for our middle-school aged players.

Please take a look at our Privacy Policy notice.

Thanks for registering for Vanished! Due to your age, we're creating a "watcher" account for you.  This means that you may log into the Vanished website and view any of the content, including games, videos, video conferences, and forum posts.  However, you may not post to the forums or upload data to the site.  This is so we can keep our online discussions age-appropriate for our middle-school aged players.

Since you're under 13, we're sending a copy of our Privacy Policy/COPPA notice to your parents via email.

 
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