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Residential Wiring

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.

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Robotics

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.

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Solar Photovoltaic

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).

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Residential Energy Auditing

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.

Finance

Personal Finance

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.

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Electricity for HVAC

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.

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HomeEnergyScore

Home Energy Score

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.

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Cosmetology

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.

Combustion

Combustion Safety

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.

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City Code Simulation

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.

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HVAC Troubleshooting

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.

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Overview of simulation training that outlines the procedures and workscope requirements when performing residential combustion safety analysis according to RESNET standards.
Overview of the Home Energy Score Training Simulation.
Overview of simulation training that outlines the procedures and workscope requirements when performing residential combustion safety analysis according to RESNET standards.

Our Process

Our Process

Snapshot Case Studies

U.S Department of Energy

Challenge: DOE needed more qualified and competent Home Energy Score assessors to scale the program, but training was insufficient and candidate assessment was inconsistent. OUR SOLUTION>>

Cengage Learning

Challenge: As the publisher of the leading textbook in the HVAC trade, Cengage needed to make a powerful statement that it intended to keep its number one position in the transition to digital. OUR SOLUTION>>

RESNET

Challenge: RESNET, a certification body in the home energy auditing industry, needed to introduce a technical safety exam to keep pace in an accelerating industry. The safety skill, which is a complicated, many variable, multi-step procedure is challenging to both train and assess candidate understanding. OUR SOLUTION>>

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Challenge:Learner engagement is an ongoing struggle for instructors across the spectrum of technical learning. Trainers are always searching for ways to engage, challenge and recognize student effort and performance. OUR SOLUTION>>

U.S Department of Energy

Challenge:
DOE needed more qualified and competent Home Energy Score assessors to scale the program, but training was insufficient and candidate assessment was inconsistent.

Solution:
Interplay developed an online training suite including a 3D simulation to deliver more effective training and developed a 3D simulated practical exam to complement or replace the multiple choice exam.

And then:
A validation study demonstrated that the 3D simulated practical exam is a dramatically better predictor of in-the-field performance than a written exam. The DOE has announced that it will be using the simulation as its primary means of qualifying Home Energy Score assessors.

Cengage Learning

Challenge:
As the publisher of the leading textbook in the HVAC trade, Cengage needed to make a powerful statement that it intended to keep its number one position in the transition to digital.

Solution:
Cengage partnered with Interplay to develop what’s become the industry’s leading digital HVAC product that challenges learners to master diagnostic and troubleshooting skills across six pieces of HVAC equipment found in industry.

And then:
Now more than 10,000 students across the country are using the simulation to learn critical diagnostic skills in a powerful, contextual environment. HVAC instructors and students are effectively extending their “hands-on” field work beyond the walls of the classroom and lab.

RESNET

Challenge:
RESNET, a certification body in the home energy auditing industry, needed to introduce a technical safety exam to keep pace in an accelerating industry. The safety skill, which is a complicated, many variable, multi-step procedure is challenging to both train and assess candidate understanding.

Solution:
Interplay designed and developed a web-based, 3D training simulation and simulated practical exam that would represent the technical safety procedure.

And then:
More than 1,000 HERS raters across the country have demonstrated their combustion safety competence by taking and passing the simulated field exam. The results have been overwhelming positive, leading RESNET to partner with Interplay to develop another full simulated practical exam for their primary skills exam, not just the technical safety portion.

Badges

Challenge:
Learner engagement is an ongoing struggle for instructors across the spectrum of technical learning. Trainers are always searching for ways to engage, challenge and recognize student effort and performance.

Solution:
Interplay designed and developed an intuitive and attractive gamification system on top of its HVAC simulation that incorporates numerous badges, “earnings/salary” history and a national leaderboard.

And then:
Students are engaged like never before with this fun but meaningful gamification program. Achievable goals are established, providing a clear path for students to learn on their own and from one another. More than 2,000 students have opted in to the national leaderboard. The friendly competition has spurred a leadership group to spend 100s of hours in the simulation to attain the highest rankings.

About Us

Interplay Learning develops online digital learning and testing products for students and professionals to build career skills and technical aptitude. Interplay's specialty is 3-D interactive life-like simulation which allows a learner to accelerate practical understanding and application. Interplay products can be found in education, government, career certification and industry.

Leadership

Doug Donovan, CEO

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 Quirk, COO

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 Crow, CDO

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.

Andrew Molloy, Senior Designer

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 Strike, Senior Designer

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.

Shawn Adams, Senior Designer

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.

Ife Ramsey, Quality Assurance Manager

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 Walsh, Graphics

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 Carter, Business Development

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 Bronson, Senior Designer

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, Tech Guru

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, Senior Designer

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.

Contact

Doug Donovan:
ddonovan@interplay-learning.com 310.880.6441

Steve Quirk:
squirk@interplay-learning.com 858.254.9763

Technical:
info@interplay-learning.com 718.687.7543

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