Monday, August 24, 2009

New online games aim to make science fun

To help stem the tide of apathy toward science and make it more engaging and relevant for students, Tabula Digita , developer of the DimensionM series of educational video games for math, has releasing a new immersive online game series for science. Called "The League of Scientists," the series is being offered for free to students in grades three through five. It allows students to compete against each other in a series of multi-player games, constructed around a standards-based science curriculum. The League of Scientists currently includes four interactive games: Lab Rat Race, Beaker Blast, Butterfly Boss, and Circuit Center, with additional games planned. Provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, the science content can be chosen based on a teacher¹s desire to introduce or practice life science, earth and space science, or physical science concepts. "We are catching students right at the point when in engagement in science fades," said Ntiedo Etuk, chief executive officer and co-founder of Tabula Digita. "By providing a fun, out-of-school method for students to build and review their knowledge, we hope to keep science fun and engaging for students."

I am not sure how this would work for school use. I suggest that teachers try it for themselves. Registration asked for a student email address and a parent email address. Great educational games involving science concepts. The student will not know they are learning physics or genetics!

I learned about this on in their Website of the Day section. Eschool news is a free site to get the latest in educational news.

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