Online Science Games


1. Global Warming Interactive - (level: high school) fairly sophisticated multiuser game showing the relationship between global warming, political, economic and science decisions. http://www.globalwarminginteractive.com/index.htm

2. Nano games (level: middle to high) by FEI Company, a company which develops and produces procedures and tools for working on a nano scale. These games, NanoScaling, NanoImaging, and NanoMedicine are all downloadable in Windows and teach a great deal about nanotechnology while playing a game to save the world. http://www.fei.com/resources/nano-games.aspx

3. Planet-Science.com (level: 3-10) - a full website of games, lessons, interactives, jokes, news and library for kids of all ages. Many just for fun science games, however the best is Planet 10, which offers 2 scenarios, exploring our solar system and creating your own solar system to specification. http://www.scienceyear.com/home.html

4. Nanoquest (level: middle to high) is role-playing game in a nanoworld. There was a competition, which is over, but you can still paly the game. http://www.nanoquest.ie/play.html

5. PowerUp (level: upper middle to high) is an extensive multiplayer game for saving the world from humanities environmental excesses. 6 lesson plans for implementing in the classroom - this an entire unit merging environmental problems with engineering solutions. Created and supported by Try Science/New York Hall of Science and IBM. http://www.powerupthegame.org/home.html

6. WindWard (level: middle to high) an interactive game from Cable in the Classroom, Discovery Education and NASA. This game could be played as an introduction to the unit on weather, or as a final activity. The game objective is to sail a course around the world in a specific number of days, which of course requires weather prediction and weather charting. Besides a cool game, this site contains a VERY impressive list of links to teaching resources on teaching weather. http://www.ciconline.org/windward

7. Selene: A Lunar Construction Game for students 13-18. ( level: middle to high) Develop by a grant from the NSA, researchers 'track game play to study how Selene helps players to learn about the geology of the Moon.' As teacher, you must register to become a recruiter, students must complete consent forms before you are assigned an access code. http://selene.cet.edu/

8. Water Life: Where River Meets the Sea ( level: elementary) ' This game is based on the ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows a human, Valerie, as she encounters Oscar the sea otter, and the Claminator, a geoduck clam. The friends are challenged to learn about the factors that produce healthy estuaries, food webs, and why estuaries are essential to ocean life and to humans.' http://games.noaa.gov/

9. Mint Museum of Games: (level: elementary to middle) - http://mint.ua.edu/games/ The University of Alabama has created some simple science games, mostly classification. Currently there is one on rocks, Periodic table, classifying subtances, anatomy and simple machines.

10. Immune Attack: (level upper middle school to high school) - http://fas.org/immuneattack/about_the_game Created by the American Federation of Scienctists, Immune Attack allows students to join the battle between white blood cells and infectious agents. The game introduces nanotechnology and is downloadable.