Posts Tagged ‘ 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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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/

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/

DoomED

Description

DoomEd is a single-player first person shooter learning game that combines science and history with FPS action, taking players through the horror of bio-terrorism and WWII chemical experimentation gone wrong.

The backstory mixes factual content (the WW2 experiments at Porton Down, Chemical Defence Experimental Station, ‘urban exploration’ in disused London underground stations) with fiction and fantasy (a lost labyrinth populated with human mutants and military personnel who believe the war is still going on).

The action is set in the labyrinth of lost London underground stations and tunnels that have not been in operation for over fifty years. The game follows the conventions of FPS gameplay – interweaving between orientation/exploration and action/warfare with mutants but replacing puzzles with science-based problems and puzzles, drawing on appropriate aspects of the KS4 science curriculum.

DoomEd is a learning and games research project fromDESQ and University of Wolverhampton School of Education.

Age
16+
As a First Person Shooter this game contains violence which may not be suitable for all learners
The game is based on the video games Half Life and Half Life 2, Both of which have a Cert 15 Classification

Where can I get it?
Download the game from;  http://www.desq.co.uk/doomed/