Michael Stanley drew out middle school students’ curiosity about the world while they brainstormed about personal explorations. Students also investigated a real-world scientific expedition and created an educational video game as a way to share their research with a wider audience. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Recreating Expeditions as Video Games
Sara Plowman, this week’s Educator of the Week, has been a special education teacher for 11 years. She believes in the importance of outdoor experiential education to help students actively observe, experience, and question the world around them. Sara teaches science at Millennium High School and Piedmont Middle School in Piedmont, California. Who or what inspired you to teach? My first classroom of students inspired … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Spot the Species
Katie Strong, this week’s Educator of the Week, invented a fun game to teach about the amazing biodiversity and interconnected nature of ecosystems. Katie is the Assistant to the Director at All One Ocean, a nonprofit with the mission of increasing youth and community awareness of the impacts that marine debris have on ocean ecosystems, marine life and human health, and to encourage environmental stewardship by supporting … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: The Tower of Life
By Elaine Larson We’re all intrigued by mazes! And with National Geographic Puzzle Explorer, students can create their own mazes with obstacles that come to life—wild animals, locked gates, paths that suddenly disappear, to name a few—while exploring the world. The obstacles the players place in their mazes act as they do in real life and can help or hinder players’ navigation in the game. … Continue reading Game of the Week: National Geographic Puzzle Explorer
By Sara Zeglin This game comes to you from National Geographic Education! You’ll play as a new engineering employee—getting the basics of the engineering process, practicing robot construction, and leaning about the exciting ways in which robots are used outside the lab. Why It’s Cool Challenge: Robots! empowers players to make decisions in constructing robots. These decisions will directly determine whether or not your company’s robots … Continue reading Game of the Week—Challenge: Robots!