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  1. MIT’s “Vanished” Game Asks Middle Schoolers to Be Scientists

    April 25, 2011 by Josh Caldwell


    Saw this pop through on Twitter and I knew it needed a little more than just a RT. MIT has created an interactive game that combines science, anthropology, and mystery to get middle school students engaged in scientific problem-solving and critical-analysis.

    “Vanished” is a two-month-long game, which debuted the week of April 4 and stems from an initial scenario revealed in recent video messages on the site. The premise is that people living in the future have contacted us in the present, to answer a question: What event occurred between our time and theirs that led to the loss of civilization’s historical records? Students must decode clues in hidden messages, and in response find and provide information about Earth’s current condition, such as temperature and species data, to help people in the future deduce what wound up happening.

    I kinda want to play this myself – I just hope this is the first of many such realtime games from MIT (how about something I can use in my LA classes, please).

    [via MIT]

  2. Resources for Teaching About Spaaaaccceeee

    April 12, 2011 by Josh Caldwell

    Image courtesy Purpleslog on Flickr

    I love space.

    I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid.

    I still do.

    There are many reasons to be jealous of Science teachers, but the opportunity to speculate about space exploration with wide-eyed kids has got to be near the top of the list. So, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s trip into the cosmos, here’s a list of the space-related web resources that I might use if I taught Science.

    See What Yuri Saw – Astonishing HD video shot from the International Space Station combined with actual audio from Gagarin’s mission.

    Journey to the Moon – Snagfilm video

    A New View of the Galaxy – Exclusive Kepler data visualization by Jer Thorp

    Extreme Planet Makeover – Interactive planet builder

    Celestia – Free Open Source space simulation app that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux

    WorldWide Telescope – Virtual telescope that runs as a desktop app on Windows or in the browser via Silverlight

    We Choose the Moon – Interactive history of the Apollo 11 launch

    Ascent – Video commemorating 29 years of shuttle launches

    Go for Launch – Time lapse video of the preparation and launch of the Discovery

    NASA for Education – A vast expanse of resources, straight from the horses mouth

  3. Silly Games Treat Serious Diseases

    January 20, 2010 by David

    See … games aren’t all bad! They’re used to treat multiple scleroris and ADHD.

    [Via PC World]

  4. How big is a rhinovirus?

    January 6, 2010 by David

    Want to know how big a virus compares to an atom or a coffee bean? Zoom in and see the measurements.