Mission:Planet Earth

Description

An online game in which the player plays the role of an Executive Producer of the BBC natural history program Planet Earth.   The player has a missions such as capturing footage of the mating behaviour of penguins in Antarctica.  For each mission the player has to decide what equipment to purchase, consult weather conditions, arrange medical insurance and send replacement supplies all within a limited budget.  The games primary role is to highlight the work that goes into making this type of programme.

Age?

12-16, 16+

Where can I get it?

Play on-line at http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/planet-earth/game/game.html

Privates

Description

A fun and a bit rude platform game which addresses sexual health issues

BIOLOGY LESSON??:

You know how you wouldn’t write a history essay based on your experiences playing a World War II shooter? Well, Privates is a bit like that – while the action takes place in and around peoples’ parts, the anatomy is in no way biologically accurate. We’ve had to make loads of concessions in order to make the game fun to play. There’s still loads of important stuff to take from Privates. Just be sensible about which bits, eh?

Age?

16+

Where can I get it?

Download from http://www.e4.com/game/privates.html

Spore

Description

controversial game in which an organism ‘evolves’  from single celled organism to land based creatures, to communities and civilisations until they travel to and invade other planets.

The reason for this games controversy is due to problems with the way the science is represented.  For more information on these controversies follow the following link

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/322/5901/531b

Age

12-16, 16+

Where can I get it?

The main Spore game is available to buy for PC or Mac http://eu.spore.com/extra/?id=10579&lang=en

There are also cut down versions of the game available for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and the iPhone

World Without Oil

Description

WORLD WITHOUT OIL is a serious game for the public good. WWO invited people from all walks of life to contribute “collective imagination” to confront a real-world issue: the risk our unbridled thirst for oil poses to our economy, climate and quality of life. It’s a milestone in the quest to use games as democratic, collaborative platforms for exploring possible futures and sparking future-changing action. WWO set the model for using a hot net-native storytelling method (‘alternate reality’) to meet civic and educational goals. Best of all, it was compellingly fun.

Age

12-16, 16+

Where can I get it?

Find out more at http://worldwithoutoil.org/

Game For Science

Description

A free virtual world devoted to science and technology!

Explore all kinds of virtual islands depending on your interests: health, aeronautics, genomics, environment, engineering and more. You’ll find fun games, interesting facts and fascinating photos and videos – all on a science theme.

Age

12-16, 16+

Where can I get it?

Play on-line at

http://www.gameforscience.ca/

Foldit

Description
“Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research”

The game consists of players trying to determine the designs of protean structures

“knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. A small proteins can consist of 100 amino acids, while some human proteins can be huge (1000 amino acids). The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical because there are so many degrees of freedom. Figuring out which of the many, many possible structures is the best one is regarded as one of the hardest problems in biology today and current methods take a lot of money and time, even for computers. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins.”

Age

16+

Where can I get it?

Download at http://fold.it/portal/

Fun N Games at the Natural History Museum

Description
The Natural History Museum Website has an area for kids with a number of activities online games including;

Dinosaur defender
Use your heavy clubbed tail to defend your babies from vicious raptors in this game.

Gone fishing
In this dinosaur game you use your claw to swipe enough fish to stop yourself starving to death.

Mission: Explore
Travel to the island of Regaloam to collect specimens and preserve them at the Museum.

Nit fit
Race your louse through a head of hair answering questions as you go along.

Hair detective
Become a detective and investigate who has stolen a rock band’s hair products.

Age
5-12

Where can I get it?
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/kids-only/fun-games/