Emerge Story Lab
Driving 21st century learning through creative visual development.

Space Quest: Internet of Things Adventure. A Game-based Learning Pathway

A game-based learning pathway for talent development within the Internet of Things created for Cisco/Internet of Things Talent Consortium


Role: Visual Design, Concept Development, User Experience Design, Animation, Asset Creation

Tools: Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, AfterEffects, PremierPro

As members of the highly selective corporate/academic collaborative program at NCSU Poole College of Management Consumer Innovation Collaborative, in partnership with Cisco and the Internet of Things Talent Consortium, our team was tasked to develop a game-based tool to identify and educate those seeking to explore and develop skills within the Internet of Things industry.

Space Quest: An Internet of Things Adventure

A gamified learning experience created for Cisco and the Internet of Things Talent Consortium

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Concept Development

The theme of space exploration was selected based on insights gained through research via in-depth consumer interviews, literary review and creative development. Meeting the established criteria, the unifying theme provides a framework for storytelling that is future-focused, positive, embraces human diversity, and is mission and rank based.


Visual Development

Based on consumer preference, a colorful flat illustration style was developed. The space exploration theme allowed the creation of the avatars to best represent equitable gender and race diversity through the use of a uniform jumpsuit. Additional animated sequences were created as cutscenes between game-play, results screens and idle pose animations.

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Game Development

Four mini-game simulations were developed to correspond to four learning pathways – business management, analytics, programming and security. Storylines involve the search for a rogue deep space probe; game design reflects the skills needed for each distinct discipline. The clear function of each tab on the heads-up display styled game screen allows for cohesion and easily discoverable user interaction throughout all the mini-games.


Excerpt from client presentation.


Security mini-game

Business Analyst mini-game simulation