Company: Numedeon, Inc., Pasadena, CA
Launch Date: 1999
Cost: Free access, plus special "Whyville Pass" available for those who wish to pay for instant 24/7 access.
Click here for Whyville Pass options.
System Requirements: Java-enabled Web browser
Take the official Whyville virtual tour as a guest.
Whyville is an educational virtual world for children and teens, ages 10-16. Originally established to support an LA Times weekly science education article, this world's motto is "learning by doing." True to its word, Whyville actively engages its visitors and encourages them to participate in fun, educational events that give kids "hands-on" experience with science projects (in a virtual way, of course).
The Whyville Times
"Getty and Whyville Partner," Art Daily, August 27, 2005
"Whyville: the place girls love to go for science," by Michelle Thaller, Christian Science Monitor, Aug 16, 2002
If you like this world, you might also like Disney's Toontown, Mokitown or Virtual Magic Kingdom.