This page is a directory of games, simulations, and virtual labs for Environmental Education. This page is a sub-section of my larger collection of links to games, simulations, and virtual labs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education in general.

NOAA Games "Planet Arcade"

NOAA - Trash Smash
NOAA - Whale Migration
NOAA - Where Rivers Meet the Sea
NOAA - Sea Turtles and the Quest to Nest
Jason - Energy City
EPA - Recycle City
EPA - Ergon's Tale
EPA - Save Our Beach
PBS - Kure Waste Chase
PBS - Whale Watcher

WolfQuest

Wolf Quest
  • Description: role-play a wolf in Yellowstone National Park in this "first-person shooter" style of game; by Minnesota Zoo and eduweb, with NSF funding; free download for Mac & Windows (April 2010)
  • URL: www.wolfquest.org
  • Cost: free

Gizmos

Gizmos - Energy Conversion
  • Description: hundreds of simulations for math and science, primarily for students in grades 3-12 (also some college-level). Science simulations cover a range of subjects, with largest collections in physics.
  • URL: www.explorelearning.com
  • Creators: ExploreLearning
  • Cost: Commercial product; not free. Demo versions available. Pricing appears to depend on situation (# of students using, # of Gizmos used, etc.).
  • Environmental Education topics: Energy Conversions, Forest Ecosystem, Measuring Trees, Plants and Snails, Pond Ecosystem, Prarie Ecosystem, Water Cycle, Water Pollution
Gizmos - Whale Watcher

NASA's Climate Kids web site, games section

NASA - Climate Kids - Missions to Planet Earth
  • URL: climate.nasa.gov/kids/games
  • Game Titles: Go Green!, Mission to Planet Earth, Whirlwind Disaster, Wild Weather Adventure, Migration Concentration, Earthy Word Games, Cloud Picture Scrambles, Weather Slyder, Power Up!
NASA - Power Up

PhET (Physics Education Technology)

PhET - Glacier
  • Description: a large collection of Flash and Java-based simulations covering a range of scientific disciplines and mathematics. The main focus is physics for college students, but the project has expanded into chemistry, biology, and Earth science. Many of the sims are suitable for K-12 audiences.
  • URL: phet.colorado.edu
  • Creator: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Cost: free

My Own Biome

My Own Biome
  • Description: Four-player PC game simulates ten different biomes.
  • URL: myownbiome.com
  • Cost: $25-50 (also site licensing package deals)

WikiWatershed

WikiWatershed
  • Description: Various activities related to watersheds, including a watershed simulator.
  • URL: wikiwatershed.org
  • Cost: free

Thrill of the Catch

Thrill of the Catch

WeatherWise (WXWISE)

WeatherWise
  • Description: large collection of Java applets covering weather-related topics. Categories include: storms, temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind, clouds, radiation, climate, basic meteorology, and miscellaneous and non-meteorology.
  • URL: profhorn.meteor.wisc.edu/wxwise
  • Creators: Steve Ackerman and Tom Whittaker
  • Cost: free

BioLogica (The Concord Consortium)

Concord Consortium - Biologica - Dragon Genetics

SimScientists

  • Description: six simulations, developed for educational research, spanning three middle school science disciplines. Life Science - "Ecosystems" and "Cells and Human Body Systems". Physical Science - "Atoms & Molecules" and "Forces & Motion". Earth Science - "Climate" and "Plate Tectonics".
  • URL: simscientists.org
  • Creators: WestEd - a non-profit educational research organization
  • Cost: contact WestEd - I think they are only currently distributing to field testers.

The Science of Atoms and Molecules (SAM) Project

  • Description: 24 activities across the fields of physics, chemistry, and biology covering the science of atoms and molecules. Simulations are embedded in the activities.
  • URL: sam.concord.org/activities
  • Creators: The Concord Consortium
  • Cost: free

Molecular Workbench

  • Description: Molecular Workbench is an open-source software tool for building simulations for science and engineering education. The web site includes links to numerous sample simulations covering topics from physics, biology, and chemistry.
  • URL: mw.concord.org/modeler/index.html
  • Creators: The Concord Consortium
  • Cost: free

SciGames.org

STEMware - Partnership for Biotechnology and Genomics Education

Weather and Climate Applets from CIMSS