Games and STEM

Here is the next installment of  the Games and STEM series. These games and interactives highlight STEM concepts while engaging students in the learning process. I have organized them in categories by science content. These games are exciting and wonderful ways to supplement the science curriculum, provide another avenue for concept exploration for your students, and are also great remediation tools for students who need a little more practice or a refresher on these concepts.

Biology

Cells

Play CellCraft to learn about cells and their organelles. This game allows you to try to make energy and stay alive as a cell. It has an encyclopedia that students can refer to for more information about organelles and their function. I am creating a review on organelles using images and concepts from CellCraft to assess my students understanding of cell organelles and their processes. I will upload it to this blog post when it is complete.

Use BioLogica to view 3D cells and explore the relationship between genotype and phenotype by creating dragons with special features and characteristics!
http://biologica.concord.org/webtest1/web_labs.htm. Students can also explore Mendel’s Peas with a similar interactive via this website.

If you have access to Discovery Middle School Science, the interactive labs Genes Make the Rabbit and Breeding Pea Plants are wonderful for bringing the concept of genetics to life for students.

Biogeochemical Processes

These interactives make learning about geochemical processes fun and easy.

View interactives for all of the biogeochemical processes:
http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072879351/student_view0/chapter10/animations.html#

EPA Kids Climate Change Animations
Interactive quizzes and animations for the carbon-oxygen cycle, and the water cycle.
http://www.kidsnewsroom.org/climatechange/animations.html

Phosphorous Cycle
http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/animations/content/phosphorouscycle.html

Carbon Cycle Game
Travel around the ecosystem as a carbon atom!
http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/carbon_cycle.html

Carbon Cycle Interactive
http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/The-Ocean-in-Action/Sci-Media/Animations-and-Interactives/Carbon-cycle

Carbon Cycle Interactive
http://www.kscience.co.uk/animations/carbon_cycle.htm

The Nitrogen Cycle

Travel through the nitrogen cycle while playing this game from Windows 2 Universe!
http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/teach_nitrogen.html

This game is a great activity to engage the visual and kinesthetic intelligence, as students navigate stations around the classroom as nitrogen traveling through various parts of the nitrogen cycle. The game comes with posters for stations, and passports and stamps for students to use as they navigate the stations.

Interactive Quizzes and Sims for the Nitrogen Process
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/lsps07.sci.life.eco.nitrogen/

The Water Cycle

Interactive Water Cycle Quiz
http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/earthguide/diagrams/watercycle/

Discovery Education Water Cycle Interactive
http://player.discoveryeducation.com/views/hhView.cfm?guidAssetId=087777c8-4ff0-45d2-878f-e7cd90f7ee19

Element on the Move
http://www.open2.net/science/element/html/element.html

Thirstin’s Water Cycle Journey
http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/kids/flash/flash_watercycle.html

The Droplet and the Water Cycle
http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/datwc.html

Water Cycle Interactive and Quiz
http://www.gudli.com/kids/games/water-cycle.html

Interactive Water Cycle and Quiz
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/earth/groundwater/watercycle.htm

The Water Sense Game

Test your water sense and learn about the importance of conserving this precious resource by playing the Water Sense game.
http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/test_your_watersense.html

Populations, Ecosystems, and Ecology

Explore factors that affect populations in ecosytems and the flow of nutrients in the environment with The Habitable Planet!
http://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/interactives/

View an interactive 4-H Virtual Farm
http://www.sites.ext.vt.edu/virtualfarm/

 

Physical Science and Chemistry

Who says all fun and games have to be digital! Assemble and play fun board and card games, and learn about atoms, elements, and the building blocks of life at the same time.
http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/id72.html

Gudli.com has many games for young children. Scroll down to visit the science and math sections for games on the food chain and more.

http://www.gudli.com/games/viewallgames.html

The Nobel Prize Winners

Learn about Nobel Prize winners and play games based on the Nobel Prize winning science!
http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/

Comments

  1. Chad Dorsey

    Thanks for the shout- out for the Concord Consortium’s BioLogica software. You may be interested to note that there is a much more modern version of this we are developing called Geniverse that will be much more sophisticated and game like. A demo version of this can be accessed and played at http://concord.org/projects/geniverse.

    Chad Dorsey
    President
    The Concord Consortium

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