My top 6 gaming resources for STEM teaching

1. Glass Labs: Glass Labs has a variety of free content based games that engage students in social studies, math, and science. Students are motivated to learn the content as they play the game, and I’ve found often retain more information than via traditional lectures.

2. Cell Craft: This game teaches students about the importance of organelles and cell structures, and how they protect cells and keep them healthy.

3. Pandemic II: This game has students take on the role of a virus that tries to kill off the human population on earth. As the students try to avoid quarantine and global spread, they learn about the various protection mechanisms that have been created to prevent a pandemic, and their limitations. Students learn why pandemics happen by being immersed in the engaging learning environment of a game.

4. ChemGame Tutor: Students can practice chemistry concepts and calculations by playing an engaging game. Rather than practicing with boring worksheets, students can compete against each other for high scores. Teachers can use the game as an assessment by asking for a free account from the creator of this site that allows teachers to create student accounts and track student scores.

5. Ayiti The Cost of a Life: This game teaches students about the challenges facing families living in Haiiti. Students try to keep a family of four alive for four years. Challenges include getting enough food, and providing children with an education.

6. Ellen J. McHenry’s website: This is a great website for board game resources that teach a variety of content concepts. I have used  games from the site with physical science and earth science classes to teach about the periodic table and the relationship between elements.

Monique Liles is a teacher at Babb Middle School in Forest Park, GA. She is a member of Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a global community of educators that are passionate about transforming the learning experience with digital media.

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