Educators and parents are turning more frequently to open educational resources including online games and educational apps to engage 21st century learners. Summer can be a great opportunity to blend a child’s interest in science or history with their fascination for digital games. And studies show that summer is a crucial time for students as much learning is lost during the hot months. PBS LearningMedia, launched a year ago, has a robust collection of free interactive games to experiment, manipulate, and investigate with this summer.
Below are a sampling of games from PBS LearningMedia.
Amusement Park Physics How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? Find out by designing your own roller coaster in this interactive from Annenberg Learner. Discover how physics laws are used to design a variety of amusement park rides. Understand how physics keep riders safe while providing a thrill.
Cooking with Sugar In this interactive activity adapted from the Exploratorium, learn how different ingredients and the application of heat influence how different types of candy are made. This activity presents a scientific definition of sugar, including an illustration of a sugar molecule; explains how candy makers prevent crystallization from ruining their creations; and addresses the question: Is sugar bad for your teeth?