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Animated #games on Nobel Prize #Education

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Noble Prize Education has animated games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, that let you explore the concepts in a fun and inspiring way. There are games and simulations on tons of topics. Some of the games are easy enough for early elementary aged children, while some are geared to more advanced topics. Through these games you can learn things like what is a blood type, how the immune system works, what are X-rays, how is malaria cured, what is DNA, understand insulin and diabetes, what are conductive polymers, what is genetic code, to name only a few.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1065″][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1066″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nobelprize.org%2Feducational%2F|title:nobel%20prize%20education|target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Interactive study of skeletal #anatomy with ESkeletons

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Explore skeletal anatomy in an interactive environment with Eskeletons. You can have a look at the skeletons of different animals including gorillas, chimpanzee, bush babies and lemurs etc. Click on any animal to look more closely at different bones. In the resources section there are some wonderful resources to print out, like the life size skeleton of human, (adult and child), scramble puzzles of skulls, jumble puzzles for “what are teeth” etc.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1061″][blockquote cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]eSkeletons provides an interactive environment in which to examine and learn about skeletal anatomy through our osteology database.[/blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Feskeletons.org%2F|title:eskeletons|target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Cell Craft – Grow your own cell

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Cell Craft is a state of the art game that invites you to delve into the world of the cell, learning about how a cell functions while you help it to survive in hostile environments. You will gain an understanding of important molecules such as glucose and ATP, as well as a variety of cellular organelles while going through an entertaining story guided by Platypus scientists in need of help. The game needs you to balance resources and grow a robust cell in order to fight off cold, starvation, and viruses. Can you use your cellular knowledge to grow a super cell and save the Platypus species?

I love this game because it not only makes the process of understanding and remembering fun but Imust apply my knowledge in order for the cell to survive.

There is music in this game but you can turn it off from the menu. It is one of those resources that need to be seen (or played with) to discover the full potential.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1035″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.carolina.com%2Fteacher-resources%2FInteractive%2Fonline-game-cell-structure-cellcraft-biology%2Ftr11062.tr||target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Bees

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]There is a lot of buzz about bees in the news lately. Honey bees are a most vital part of our survival. They are responsible for pollinating most of fruits, nuts and vegetables we eat and with the recent decline in bee populations, humans are indeed facing a threat.

So lets see these wonderful little bugs up close and learn more about them not only because they are responsible for growing of our food but also because they are important enough to be mentioned in Quran and to be declared a sign of Allaah.

[/text_output][text_output]mention of bees in Quran[/text_output][text_output]Let’s start from the beginning and watch the first 21 days in the life of a honey bee in this super awsome timelapse video.

Bees have powerful social structures. A lone bee is pretty amazing on its own but their true strength comes from their numbers. Find out about the honey bee castes. And since they depend a lot on their hive-mates, they have a wonderful way of communicating with those hive inmates. Learn more about the dance language of the honey bee.

And now let’s take a look at how the little bug does it’s main job i.e. how does bees make honey?

[/text_output][text_output]So what is it about honey bees and hexagons? After all the bees could have just as easily stored honey in triangles or squares so why hexagons? Turns out that our small fuzzy friends are excellent mathematicians. You can either read about this subject or you can watch the video below.

[/text_output][text_output]Now let’s get to the yummy part! the sticky sweet gift that bees give us. Let’s see how is it harvested and stored and so on.

[/text_output][text_output]And now comes the sad part. It is a truth that honey bees are dying out. But why? Scientists have different opinions as to the cause. Lets find some of the suggested causes.

 

But what can we do about it? Turns out a lot! Taking small steps, providing small measures in our own communities we can make a big impact on preserving bees. Plant a bee garden, keep stones and sticks in your bird bath so the bees are able to drink water, don’t use pesticides in your garden and support bee friendly farming.

And lastly don’t forget, if you swat, watch out: Bees remember human faces.

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Build a Cell

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Science is thrilling on its own but combine it with amazing graphics and interactivity or game environment and it just gets irresistible. I mean who can say no to breeding their own dragons?

People at Sponge Lab are doing fantastic work at making science enjoyable for everyone, by presenting the scientific concepts in forms of games.

So today I have this superb build-your-own-cell game for you to explore.[/text_output][text_output]build your own cell[/text_output][text_output]You can make a plant cell, an animal cell, a bacterial cell or a fungal cell. Make your cell by dragging the correct organelle from the tray on your right and learn more about each organelle as you drag it. You can even trouble shoot a cell. For example if a cell is unable to store starch, you have to find out which organelle is malfunctioning. Pretty cool if you ask me![/text_output][text_output]build a cell[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spongelab.com%2Fgame_pages%2FBAC.cfm|title:Build%20a%20cell|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Dragon Breeder

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]When I studied basic genetics in school, we did it in context of pea plants, but lets face it, dragons are a lot cooler than pea plants.[/text_output][text_output]breed dragons and learn genetics.[/text_output][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

 Dragon Breeder (BETA) is a game where players progress by using the principles of Mendelian Genetics. Breed target dragons, or determine the genotypes of the dragons in your den. Purchase special skills and upgrades, and work your way through a storyline mode that will take your knowledge of genetic principles to their limit. Because the game is written in HTML5, you will need the latest version of whichever browser you use.

[/blockquote][text_output]breed your own dragons and learn genetics[/text_output][text_output]The colorful graphics and easy interface makes it hard to give up! You need to register though to use this resource but registration is free and easy. And once you have registered take some time and explore the wonderful Sponge Lab site further, there are tons of wonderful and innovative resources out there.[/text_output][text_output]breed dragons and learn genetics[/text_output][text_output]The game contains two major modes: Freeplay and Campaign.
In Freeplay, the player can level up by breeding, correctly analysing and selling dragons.
In Campaign, the player can then take on specified missions which identify specific genotypes which need to be correctly analysed or bred. The Campaign also presents the player with the story of the games world, as well as the history of the dragons as a species.
There is also a tutorial mode which the player can use to learn the foundations of gameplay.
The story follows the dragon breeder in training Esse Ipsum, as he explores the island of Lacertae Alatum as a research agent for the dragon breeding guild. However, he soon discovers the history of the island, as well as the dragons. Players must advance te story through fulfilling specific criteria for the guild.
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DNA Play

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]DNA Play is an easy game which lets you explore the DNA by completing a series of simple DNA puzzles. Get creative and experiment with quirky mutations of different body parts by altering genes. Have fun playing with your monsters and change their form in real-time while they dance, skate, eat or sleep![/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”782″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]You can start with a basic unformed figure and complete the gene puzzles to give it a fully grown torso, face and limbs. Then tweak the genes or simply tap on the creature’s body parts to trigger mutations. Observe how the tiniest change in the DNA code can lead to unimaginable new characteristics.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Apple Store” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-apple” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fgeo.itunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Fdna-play%2Fid1033801524%3Fmt%3D8%26at%3D1001l9ug||target:%20_blank” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Google Play Store” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-android” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fplay.google.com%2Fstore%2Fapps%2Fdetails%3Fid%3Dcom.avokiddo.games.dnaplay||target:%20_blank” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Amazon Store” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-arrow-right” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fmas%2Fdl%2Fandroid%3Fp%3Dcom.avokiddo.games.dnaplay||target:%20_blank” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Whopooped

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]A VERY gross site! First you have to guess which “poop” belongs to which animal. And then you will be explained why different animals have different poops, the difference between their digestive tracts and systems and how it helps them.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”734″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

One way scientists learn about animals is by studying their poop — also called “scat” or “dung.” Let’s look at some animal poop and see if you can guess who left it behind.

[/blockquote][text_output]There is music but you can turn it off on the site.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whopooped.org%2F|title:Whopooped|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” bg_pattern=”386″ bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h6″ id=”” class=”” style=””]Like this post? Get all new posts delivered to your inbox.[/custom_headline][text_output][x_subscribe form=”423″][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Track my T

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]A colorful and user friendly interface, guiding you through the journey of a T-Shirt, from its humble beginnings as a cotton seed on a farm to a finished product in your hands. Stages include farm, cotton gin, yarn spinner, textile mill, cut and sew, distribution center and You! This website gives the option of tracking your very own T shirt by entering the lot number written on care labels (none of our Ts have got them by the way) or track a random T.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”689″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trackmyt.com|title:Track%20my%20T|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Motor Proteins

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To some they look like bow-legged cowboys. To others, swaggering pirates. Either way, the two-legged molecules known as motor proteins are what get the job of living done in most of your cells.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]This activity supports:[/custom_headline][skill_bar heading=”Independent Learning” percent=”100″][skill_bar heading=”Parental/Teacher Involvment” percent=”0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Subject areas covered:[/custom_headline][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Science[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Biology[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]