Learning Games – Science
PlayingScience – This site aggregates info on science games, interactives and simulations in a simple, searchable database making it easy to find, rate, and review science games.
Science Simulations Labs for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (a thorough collection)
Horrible Science Lab
Citizen Science eBird Lab
Engineering Interact by University of Cambridge Department of Engineering (for 9-11 years old)
Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards
Bitesize Science Site – over 25 free scientific games on everything from food chains to solids, liquids and gases. Each topic has a game, a study guide, and a quiz to test what you have learned.
Science Museum.org offers sixteen free online science games for students in elementary schools, the topics include energy, genetics, environmental science. Each game is accompanied by a set of links to support and complement the content that game addresses.
ECOkids – learning scientific concepts needed to preserve our planet and make it a better place for the future, including acid rain, the importance of recycling, animal adaptations, and energy efficiency…
NASA Kids Club and NASA Space Place are science games from NASA for learning space traveling, weather, planets and solar system… Want to go with Buzz lightyear to infinity and beyond ?
Moonbase Alpha – Step into the role of an explorer in a futuristic lunar settlement… Your mission is to restore critical systems after a meteor strike cripples life support equipment.
Learning Technologies is NASA’s educational-technology incubator, the cornerstone of the research and development is combining advanced educational technologies with NASA content, producing learning tools that engage and inspire today’s tech-savvy students. The NASA LT team is active in virtual worlds and 3D games.
Selene – Originally funded by NASA and now carried on through a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation,Selene studies video game learning and the ways researchers can assess how effectively that learning takes place. The Center for Educational Technologies® at Wheeling Jesuit University created theSelene online game to see how organizations like NASA could best use videogames to introduce important science concepts. (for age 9-18)
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has over 25 free games and interactive activities that cover topics about water, air, the oceans, environmental issues and ocean life.
Succeeding with Science contains many different interactive activities and downloadable resources. There are resources here for both primary and secondary (and post-16) teachers on a number of different topics such as electricity, states of matter, carbon footprints and radioactivity, it’s created by Sellafield Nuclear Power Station (UK).
The Discovery Channel website lets you test your trivia knowledge while playing the same quizzes the contestants on Cash Cab play. Play the Cash Cab Quiz Game and earn fictitious money.
The Blobz Guide to Electrical Circuits – learning about electricity and electrical circuits with a study guide and a quiz, play alone or play with friends
Immune Attack teaches immunology in a fun and engaging way that is different from the traditional classroom setting, making use of the “challenge and reward” paradigm found in most video games, created by The Federation of American Scientists(FAS).
Cellcraft is a real time strategy game in which you play the role of a cell trying to defeat a virus before they defeat you. An excellent intro to cell biology for middle school.
MedMyst – about hunting down infectious diseases
Meta!Blast is a real-time 3D action-adventure game that puts you in the pilot’s seat. Shrink down to microscopic size and explore the vivid, dynamic world of a soybean plant cell spinning out of control. Interact with numerous characters, fight off plant pathogens, and discover how important plants are to the survival of the human race.
Mission Biotech is an interesting and fun virtual environment, first person adventure game using 3D graphics. It takes place in the virtual National Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (NLBB). Players are biotechnologists and have to diagnose a deadly virus that is turning into a pandemic. There is a page for teachers that has instructions on how to get their class started use the game.
Animal Jam gives kids a mission in a virtual world where they can discover real-world plant and animal information and follow a rich storyline that has National Geographic’s multi-media content built in. (not free)
Shedd Aquarium contains a treasure trove of aquatic science resources for K-12 teachers and students. SEA brings the Philippines to life for your students with fact sheets and multimedia interactives.
Pest World for Kids is a fun educational website for elementary schooler to learn about insects and rodents. There is a great index of pests with related knowledge. Teachers can find lesson plans to accompany the educational games.
The Yuckiest Site on the Internet, hosted by Discovery Kids. Kids can learn about roaches, worms, cool and gross things about the body, science experiments for home, and playing science-based online games. Children can also ask questions, and the answers will be posted along with the questions.
Planet Quest Alien Safari is an interactive exploration adventure that lets students to learn extreme organisms around the world. Students will also learn about what the extreme organisms reveal about finding life in space.
CSI: The Experience just like the show, only you need to use your own brain to solve it. It’s from Rice University partnered with CBS, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the National Science Foundation and has highest quality graphics and features.
N-Squad – You take on the role of a forensic scientist, solving crimes and investigating mysterious deaths.
Enercities is a game created to teach the importance of energy and conservation by the European Union.
Climate challenge is a game from BBC where the player is the president of the European Nations. The player must tackle climate change and stay popular enough with the voters to remain in office.
ElectroCity is an online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It’s great fun to play and also teaches players all about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand.
FloodSim puts you in control of all flood policy decisions and spending in the UK for 3 years. Whether its deciding how much money to allocate to flood defences, deciding where to build houses, or how best to inform people about the risk of flooding, you are in control.
Stop Disasters aims at teaching children how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. (Teacher resources available)
Wasteland adventure – The goal of the game is to help BOBO clean up trash and save the earth by progressing through the game, cleaning up the different environemtns and cleaning the world.
Game for Science – A free virtual world devoted to science and technology, health, aeronautics, genomics, environment, engineering and more, you can find fun educational games, interesting facts and fascinating photos and videos all on a science theme.
Shape It Up is an activity that would be good for use in an elementary school Earth Science lesson about earth changing erosion. The activity presents students with “before” and “after” images of a piece of Earth. Students then have to select the force nature and the span of time it took to create the “after” picture.
Powerofresearch.eu – a free online game where you follow the correct procedures of scientific research, develop your findings, publish your work and build up your reputation as one of the world’s leading scientists
Playnormous is an online world of nutrition and physical activity for kids age 6 to 12. With interactive video games and immersive stories, it teaches children to make healthy choices.
The Food Detectives Fight BAC!R game gives players a fun way to learn about foodborne illness.
24/7 Science by The Lawrence Hall of Science has science games and hands-on activities for elementary school students. There are a game section with 25 online games for students to play independently and 13 hands-on science learning activities that students can do with the supervision.
You don’t have to be a genius to understand the work of the Nobel Laureates. These games and simulations from Nobelprize.org, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you’re having FUN!
Coaster Creator – Students learn about potential and kinetic energy in order to build a successful roller coaster that provides riders with lots of thrills, but brings them to the end platform safely!
Gravitee 2 – A “casual game” meant for entertainment but is an “addictive” and fun way to examine satellite/ falling body behavior.