Friday, November 1, 2013

Six Web Adventures In Science

I've featured Rice University's CSI Web Adventures in the past. Recently, my friend Alicia Roberts sent me a note about the other web adventures in science that Rice University has produced. There are six adventures in the series including the CSI adventure. Each of the adventures is appropriate for middle school or high school use. In each adventure students take on the role of scientist to solve a crime, conduct experiments, and learn about scientific methods and processes.

In Cool Science Careers students explore five STEM-based career areas. The adventure begins with a 21 question interest survey. How students progress through the activity is based in part on how they respond to the interest survey.

In Med Myst students learn about microbiology through a series of interactive lessons and games. Med Myst focuses on infectious diseases and how to prevent the spread of those diseases.

Reconstructors includes three games in which students need to gather evidence and date to solve drug-related cases.

Virtual Clinical Trials puts students into the role of research scientists who are working toward developing treatments for spinal cord injuries, depression, and brain injuries.

In N-Squad students investigate the effects of alcohol on the digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems.

The CSI Web Adventures are designed to teach students the process of forensic investigation and problem solving. There are four cases of increasing difficulty in the CSI web adventures. The web adventures are available in English and Spanish.