|Presented By||Learning Games Network|
|Goal||Teach children about scientific method via a lake ecology game.|
|Where||Online only Citizen Science|
Citizen Science is an online flash-based computer adventure game in which the player is a young adult who becomes concerned about the health of a local lake threatend by eutrophication. Based at Lake Mendota in Madison, WI, the player's goal is to restore the lake. By focusing on the ecological needs of Lake Mendota as well as the surounding community, the game is able to bring together real-world issues and scientific practices.
Citizen Science encourages students to connect ecology content to civic action. It is designed to introduce questions like, "What can I do to change things?" The purpose of Citizen Science is to help players develop a conceptual understanding of lake ecology while giving them experiences of confronting pressing ecological issues, conducting scientific inquiry to address these issues, and taking action in the (virtual) world to affect change.
Citizen Science was developed for upper-elementary school and early middle school students. It is intended to be implemented as part of a class curriculum.
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||indoors|
|Type of Activity||Exclusively online, At school, At home|
|Tags||animals, citizen science, civic action, ecology & environment, educational, game, nature & outdoors|
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wolfee 12/15/2016Website can not be assessed using the link provided by scistarter. I had to google it to play the game.The game is easy to start but directions are confusing. I was able to figure out what I was supposed to do as I played but I was not able to complete the activities because the skill I was required to demonstrate to move on was not well explained and not well communicated through the interactive play. I tried repeatedly and no matter what I did I was not able to move on and was stuck doing the same thing with no guidance and no idea what the game wanted me to input. it was very frustrating.
pollack 12/15/2016Great information.
lunarangelcm 12/15/2016Most of the aps that were for documenting local nature were active, yet the fun interactive ones I saw on there were not available for download as their links did not function.
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