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STEM games for High School

I received an evaluation copy of Can-TEEN games for girls in the mail today. The accompanying letter from Carnegie was stirring with some interesting facts about girls and STEM careers. For example:

  • “The number of girls who say they like science drops 18% between grades 4 & 12.
  • The number of women majoring in computer science has dropped 70% in this decade.
  • While women make up nearly half the workforce, only 25% of science and engineering jobs are held by women. The disparity among African American and Hispanic women is even greater.”

–Carnegie Science Center

Of course, being the librarian I am, I sat down, slid the disc into my laptop, and tried out the games.  The exploration portion was great; it was informative and insightful, but if you want to really challenge your kids with some great STEM games, you want to try  some of these sites:

  • NoNameSite has some fun and challenging games including a math-oriented claw game, A boolean game, and even a “find the ball int he website” game I got lost for a while in these games: https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/home
  • Rice University has some great games for older teens including CSI, pandemics, and clinical trials. The graphics are sleek and the scenarios are challenging: http://webadventures.rice.edu/
  • For some great medical games including hip replacement surgery, Choose the prosthetic, and stem cells, try http://www.edheads.org/

This is just a start, so if you have others you love, feel free to add them in the comments below!

 

 

Math Playground for K-6

Math Playground is a great web space for kids to do games that increase their critical thinking and math skills.

There are games to build math, logic, and spatial skills as well as manipulatives, word problems, and Common Core State Standards connections for you and your students.

There are worksheets, printables, and an iPad app as well.

This is a great resource for elementary and middle school math.

MathPlayground.com

May Infobytes

Science:

On Richard Byrne’s blog, he highlighted the Japanese Science and Technology Center’s lesson page. These lessons include interactive online lessons with animated diagrams and activities to test comprehension. I tried a few and found them to be informative and robust.

Scientific American offers a gorgeous visual tour of the solar system titled “the 8 wonders of  the Solar System” using video and art from Hugo award winning artist Ron Miller, this is a beautiful interactive video.

Art:

If  you watch the CBS Sunday News, you might have seen the edition about the artists who draw the Google Doodles that appear on the homepage. This is an informative video for students as well.

The National Gallery of Art offers students interactive art they can edit. Students can also upload their own digital images to explore their creative side.

 Economics and Financial Literacy:

The Practical Money Skills website includes a ton of great information for teaching financial literacy, including online games for any grade level. From the game that teaches coin values (Ed’s Bank) to the NFL-based Financial Football Training Camp.  I played a couple of these and found that even I have a few things to learn!

Another fun one was Rich Kid, Smart Kid, with a number of games at all grade levels. These games are pretty basic but they teach fundamentals as the children play.

There are many slideshows titles “50 sites for 50 students.” I will post those links soon.

Earth Day is April 22

If you have some lessons coming up for Earth day, here are some great resources:

BreathingEarth.net  is an interactive global map. As your mouse hovers over countries, statistics show on the bottom of the screen including deaths, births, and CO2 emissions.

At the Water Use it Wisely  web sites, you can find some interesting games to play. They’re blocked by DPS filters, but I think we could request an exception, don’t you?

Remember Captain Planet? This online game based on the cartoon looks silly at first, but it’s actually pretty challenging.

Free Rice.com is a great website. Choose your subject (Art, Chemistry, English, Math, Geography) and answer trivia questions.  Each correct answer nets a donation of  ten grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. As you answer questions correctly, the difficulty level increases. It’s an addictive site.

WWF offers some fun online games related to Earth day. I tried the “Switch ’em Off” game and once I understood the rules, I had fun.

The BBC Climate Challenge Game is pretty complex. Players select policy cards, subsidize countries to change their environmental policies and really learn about the politics behind clean air. This one’s pretty good for High School students.

 There are many games to be found on the Ecogamer website. Not every one’s a winner, some are downloads rather than free online play, but they all work hard to teach the kids in a fun and thoughtful manner.

Teaching Financial Literacy

Earlier, I mentioned Mint.com, an online financial tracking program with some great benefits. I might add that the one teacher in the building who makes joking comments about nearly every email that is sent out wholeheartedly endorsed this site!

Another of our teachers is using the genirevolution online game which challenges students to different personal finance challenges to combat the “murktide,” an analogy for confusion about finances. With it’s mission-style approach, this is an engaging approach to teaching financial literacy to middle and high school students.