Posts Tagged ‘ 12-16 ’

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

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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/

Science Supremo

Science Supremo: Clinical Trials is a prototype game designed for the classroom that offers young people studying the new GCSE Science curriculum an opportunity to get a feel for what it means to be a scientist and to understand the interplay between science and society.

Students take on the role of scientists working in modern drug development, taking a new drug through clinical trials to assess its effectiveness in treating tuberculosis. The game is structured to enable groupwork in the classroom, collaborative problem solving and discussion, and gives the teacher a central role as a ‘learning croupier’, enabling a variety of teaching methods and lesson plans to be used, in exploring what it means to be a scientist.

Science Supremo: Clinical Trials is a collaboration between DESQ and the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University. This stage of development has received support from the Wellcome Trust People’s Award, and the project has previously received support from The Digital Science Initiative, a Wellcome Trust/Nesta funded project.

Age
12+

Where can I get it?
Play online or download at; http://www.desq.co.uk/science/

Institute of Physics games

Four brand new interactive games are now available to use in your teaching of energy and space to 13-16 year olds. These games are designed to help students to engage with the physics they need to use to solve problems and win the games.

SimEnergy 1

In this game the challenge for players help a family stay warm through the worst winter on record. SimEnergy 1 simulates the factors involved in insulating a building and makes it more fun to learn the physics by taking an enquiry approach. Each round poses a different challenge for pupils to investigate: Round 1- What everyday habits can you change to reduce heat loss? Round 2 – Where is most heat lost from a building? Round 3 – Which forms insulation are the most cost effective? Successful players in round 3 can be awarded an ‘eco-certificate’.

SimEnergy 2

Like ‘The Sims’, you are looking after a family and keeping their home supplied with electricity. In this scenario, the government has set a carbon dioxide quota for each household, so limiting their contribution to climate change. The player has to invest in renewable sources of electricity so that supply can match the family’s demand. Along the way, the player will find out which ones are cost effective and their advantages and disadvantages. The main goal is to survive four months, but you can only install one renewable per month. Your supply from renewables is initially topped up using electricity from the grid, but because of the CO2 quota, this may run out before the four months are up.

SimSpace

SimSpace is a game-based learning resource where players take on the role of space scientists, scouting the skies for Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that may pose a risk to life on Earth. The premise is that planet Earth is overdue a major impact from an asteroid or comet, and players are leading the effort to detect any NEOs heading our way. SimSpace can be played in small groups, by individuals or used in a whole class setting and is accompanied by comprehensive teacher support resources, handouts and suggested lesson ideas

SimSound

In this game, players get the opportunity to style a real, working rock band and work on their recordings. Players are presented with some wrinkles in the recorded sound that they have to iron out. On their way, they will learn how to analyse wave forms and use recording packages (in this case Audacity) to look at, interpret and manipulate sound waves.

Age
12-16

Where can I get it?
Download the games from;
http://www.iop.org/activity/education/Projects/simphysics/page_25851.html

CSI Web Adventures

Description
This online game is based on the CSI TV show and supported by the US National Science Foundation.  The game involves solving cases using a variety of forensic science methods and materials

Age
12-Adult

Where can I get it?
Play online at; http://forensics.rice.edu/