While environmental education involves getting students outside to experience their local environment first-hand, technology such as apps, video and computer games can serve as fun and compelling tools to help reinforce core environmental topics. Many organizations are developing new games and apps that educate students about environmental issues. For example, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition to motivate interest in STEM by tapping into students’ natural passion for video games. We have pulled together some great free resources you may like to check out:
This newly developed free mobile app from ARKive engages students in a series of quick-fire mini-games to reveal the identity of some of the world’s most endangered animals.
Marine Debris Tracker
The Marine Debris Tracker mobile app allows users to help make a difference by checking in when they find trash on the nation’s coastlines or in our waterways.
MiniMonos is a virtual world for children who love to play and love the planet. Kids quickly establish a connection between their actions and the natural environment and play games that help them make a positive difference.
Energy Hog is an online game developed by the Alliance to Save Energy that allows students to identify and get rid of hogs that pig out on energy, in the process discovering how to use energy wisely.