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In case you missed the announcement last week, here's a refresher: we are partnering with the fantastic educational game developer Filament Games, and are bringing 13 of their very best STEM games to TeacherGaming Store!
Four of these games are already available through our Store, but we just love talking about the great content on our platform, so we figured another blog post would be in order. From fractions to full-body surgery, these games can spice up any STEM lesson:
Reach for the Sun
Most plants have similar life cycles: they begin as seeds, sprout and become seedlings, mature and then release seeds of their own. Simple enough, but what if you controlled such a plant and had to brave the natural hazards yourself? In Reach for the Sun, you play as plants such as sunflowers, toad lilies and prickly pears. The unique strategy game has you balance CO2, water and nutrients as you grow your plant to maturity and produce seeds.
The best thing about Reach for the Sun is that it provides real examples of concepts that can be otherwise difficult to understand. The differences between sexual and asexual reproduction are a good example: a concept that often leads to incessant giggling in the classroom suddenly becomes a literal matter of life and death in the game.
Mental arithmetic is a great and useful skill for any type of math. The only problem with it is that mastering it can be, perfectly honestly speaking, quite dull.
Enter Diffission, a game about fractions and their graphical representation. Diffission presents students with a literally endless stream of procedurally generated puzzles that has them calculate, cut and count fractions. Challenge and personal growth is the name of the game: completing challenges only serves to unlock more difficult puzzles!
What exactly does the pancreas do? What about the liver? To find out in the zaniest way possible, your students should be playing Dr. Guts, a whimsical action game where you perform experimental surgeries on mannequin-looking blob people.
Turns out that full-body surgery isn't as easy as you'd think, and making the organs work together in harmony is a much more complex process than the game lets on initially. Unlike in a real doctor's office, though, learning through trial and error is completely acceptable! This may evoke ethical questions among students: what Dr. Guts is doing to his patients is wrong, but why exactly?
Crazy Plant Shop
Genetics can seem like an impossibly complex series of concepts to teach, let alone learn. What is a recessive trait? Scratch that- what even is a trait? Enter Crazy Plant Shop, a flower shop genetics and breeding game! The customer is always right, but when they want a plant with three recessive traits, how in the world do you make that happen?
Crazy Plant Shop’s challenging gameplay provides concrete examples of genetic concepts such as alleles, recessive traits, Punnett squares and many more. At the same time, it is both accessible and increasingly challenging as customers begin demanding newer, more complex plants. Fortunately, you also get access to a full suite of upgrades for your store, letting you tackle the genetic puzzles head-on.
When Can I Play?
These titles are already available to TeacherGaming subscribers for no additional cost, and separately through TeacherGaming Store on a licence basis to those without a subscription. One of the most beautiful things about Filament Games titles is that they’re all browser-based, meaning you can start playing immediately on any desktop or laptop computer!
Keep in mind that these games also come with their own lesson plans, with 12 already available on TeacherGaming Desk and more on the way. So what are you waiting for? Game on!