Exploring Science – A fun way
Are you looking for fun ways to promote science in and out of the classroom? I have already discussed a number of science related resources through free.ed.gov, but here is one that I could see students playing all day long. It’s called “Game for Science.”
Game for Science is a virtual world where students can create their own avatars. As the students begin to explore the world they bump into a variety of challenges and quests. Each quest requires them to achieve some act of science or answer questions related to science. For instance, if students visit the lab in main square, they will find a scientist who is trying to solve the lack of toothpaste issue in the world. Therefore, the scientist encourages you to play with chemical mixtures to create toothpaste.
As students play the game they will collect neurons and talent points – which will allow for them to get more things and do more things with their avatar.
In this virtual world, everything is science related – and, something I love about it, is that it doesn’t just focus on one type of science – students are going to be exposed to all facets of science. The game provides questions, fact sheets, experiments, quests, and videos to watch about science.
It’s also free. Give it a shot. Even if you aren’t using it specifically in the classroom, you could encourage students to use it at home – possibly give students extra credit if they get to a certain point in the game.