This was an assignment for school, and it was fun, so
I came home and started doing the cases!
Cool Science Careers
Educators have reported many ways they have adapted
Web Adventures for their own classrooms. Some use a
specific Web Adventure at the beginning of a unit to engage students in the topic, others use them at the end of
a unit as a culminating activity, and some use them as
Can’t get access to the computer lab for the 30–40
minutes it takes to play one segment? Connect your classroom computer to a projection system. What do you do
about students who complete the games at different times?
At the end of each game, a list of vetted links allow students to continue learning online. Not enough time during
class to play Web Adventures? Give the games as an extra
This website is the most attractive school assignment
to get—keep up the good work!!!
Meet Education Standards
We wanted to design Web Adventures in a way that would
not only appeal to students but would also support teachers in reinforcing standards. Web Adventures aligns to
many of the National Science Education Standards and
several of the National Health Education Standards.
Because Web Adventures is a digital tool for learning,
it also meets ISTE’s NETS for Students in the areas of using models and simulations to explore complex systems
and issues and exhibiting a positive attitude toward using
technology that supports learning. This online tool also
meets the NETS for Teachers for facilitating and inspiring
student learning and creativity, designing and developing
digital age learning experiences and assessments, modeling
digital age work and learning, and engaging in professional
growth and leadership.
Web Adventures provides a way for science and health
teachers to plug in to an online digital environment that is
grounded in learning theory. A growing body of evidence
supports the efficacy of Web Adventures for teaching science and inspiring science, technology, engineering, and
math careers. In addition, teachers report that students
develop a better understanding of science concepts and of
the procedures used in laboratories after playing Web Adventures because the games provide a visualization of what
they read and allow students to conduct experiments not
possible in a school science lab. Check them out at http://
webadventures.rice.edu. You might find your students
praising your assignment selection!
—Kristi Bowling, PhD, is a science education specialist at the Center for
Technology in Teaching & Learning at Rice University in Houston, Texas,
—Leslie Miller, PhD, is the executive director of the Center for Technology
in Teaching & Learning.