Web Adventures: Explore Science One Game at a Time
With the widespread use of computers and mobile devices, students are accustomed to being plugged in. The Rice University Center for Technology
in Teaching & Learning has developed games, called Web
Adventures, that demonstrate the educational outcomes that
are possible when students use online games for science.
Both students and teachers tell us that Web Adventures
generate enthusiasm for learning.
Web Adventures Explore Science
Web Adventures are thematic interactive games and simulations driven by specific learning objectives (http://web
adventures.rice.edu). The idea was to create a free online
environment that allows students to explore science concepts, conduct virtual laboratory investigations, and role-play science careers. To play Web Adventures, all you need
is a computer with internet access and Adobe Flash Player.
We have developed five themed Web Adventures:
• MedMyst covers infectious diseases.
• N-Squad addresses the impact of alcohol on three
•;Reconstructors uses a neuroscience approach to
explain the impact of substance abuse.
•;CSI illustrates basic forensic techniques to solve a crime.
•;Cool Science Careers applies a virtual apprenticeship
approach to explore science careers.
How to Use Web Adventures
We wanted to make it easy for educators to find the best
match for their specific science curriculum, so we developed a searchable teacher version that spells out the
learning objectives, describes the science concepts, and
offers complementary materials. Internet scavenger hunts,
quizzes, and hands-on activities reinforce concepts that the
games teach; vocabulary lists cover new terms; and links
take students to related age-appropriate sites.
Teachers can select games and activities to create a
formal embedded lesson or a standalone unit—whatever
best suits their needs.
Very neat! I like the way it’s set up. Students can be
successful at different levels of ability, and there are
some video game–type things in there to keep it interesting! Nice job!! —Teacher
By Kristi Bowling and Leslie Miller