Save the Estuary Online Game

October 21st, 2014 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 21, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NOAA: Waterlife

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The game is based upon an ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows an animated human girl as she encounters a talking sea otter. Together they visit an “oracle” (a wise old turtle) who introduces them to a geoduck clam. The characters embark on a journey that raises student awareness and interest in estuaries, water quality, tides, endangered and threatened species, pollution and marine debris, and what students can do to help. The characters face challenges along the way, and by using the game’s “Field Guide” they get in-depth information that helps them heal the estuary and return home safely.

There is lots of good content here delivered through downloadable pdfs, activities, and quizzes. We found the game to be a bit slow-moving and we didn’t spot any “obvious” way to fast forward. That may be intentional by the designers who want students to take the time to learn the various concepts and information offered.

THE BEST PART in our opinion, are the additional learning opportunities beyond the game at this site. Use the menu that includes: 

    • For Kids – Click on links to maps where you can find real estuaries to visit, or take a virtual field trip to an estuary.
    • Careers – Meet the scientists, researchers, and ecologists who work to help us all better understand and preserve marine estuaries.
    • What We Do – Watch video clips that bring the game to life, as you watch real people working and visiting estuaries.
When you’re through playing the game “Where Rivers Meet the Sea”, click on the “Games@NOAA” button on the right hand menu to play arcade games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.
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