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Educational Games from the National Library of Medicine

It is no secret that children love to play games. Games are fun and challenging and if they can incorporate educational concepts all the better! A 2016 report from Project Tomorrow, “From Print to Pixel,” examines trends in digital education. The report indicates an increase in the use of gaming, animations, and other digital content in K-12 education. Some of the findings related to gaming include:

  • The use of gaming by teachers has doubled – from 23% in 2010 to 48% in 2015.
  • 57% of school principals admit that lack of training for teachers is a top barrier to expanding digital learning.
  • Teachers in elementary grades are more likely to use game-based learning.
  • Over 60% of middle school students play games for self-directed learning outside the classroom.

If you are a school media specialist or children’s librarian, you may be looking for health and science games or animations that you can recommend to teachers and students. Well the National Library of Medicine (NLM) does have apps for that (and websites too)! With input from teachers and students, NLM has created several games and interactive sites to teach about chemistry, biology, and environmental health.

Base Chase: In this game, players help DeeNA jump on fast moving platforms to grab bases of DNA to build DNA strands for different animals. Base Chase can be incorporated into biology curriculum and is geared towards high school students. You can download the app for free from iTunes. A video tutorial is included.

Bohr Thru: In the style of the popular Candy Crush game, Bohr Thru players can collect protons, neutrons, and electrons to create the first 18 elements of the periodic table. This is a fun way to increase knowledge of chemical elements and structures. Bohr Thru can be included as part of chemistry curriculum and is geared towards high school students. You can download the app for free from iTunes.

Run4Green: In this Mario-style game, players can collect coins and complete environmentally friendly tasks while learning about important environmental health issues such as, renewable energy, green products, and greenhouse gas reduction. Run4Green is geared towards students in 5-8 grades. You can download the app for free from iTunes.

TOXInvaders: In this fast-paced game, players use a launcher to destroy toxic chemicals falling from the sky. Capturing “good chemicals” earns protective shield points. To move on the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the featured chemicals. TOXInvaders can be implemented into chemistry or environmental health curriculum, and is geared towards middle school students. You can download the app for free from iTunes. A tutorial is included.

ToxMystery: In this interactive learning site, players help Toxie the Cat find chemical hazards hidden throughout the house. Toxie will do a little dance whenever all the hazards are located, and along the way players learn how different substances in the environment affect human and pet health. There are also resource pages for teachers and parents. This site is available in both English and Spanish, and is geared towards ages 7-11 years old. It is freely available online at https://toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov/

Looking to pair these games with other NLM resources?

  • GeneEd: A genetics resource for students and teachers in grades 9-12. Includes lesson plans, animations, virtual and hands-on lab experiments, links to articles, and information on genetics careers. https://geneed.nlm.nih.gov/index.php
  • Environmental Health Student Portal: A resource on environmental health for middle school students and teachers. Includes lesson plans, videos, animations, articles, games, and experiments. The information is focused on air pollution, chemicals, climate change, and water pollution. http://kidsenvirohealth.nlm.nih.gov
  • ToxTown: Provides information on toxic chemicals in everyday locations, and how the environment impacts human health. This interactive site focuses on six specific environments: city, farm, town, US Border Regions, port, and US Southwest. Includes a resource page for teachers. Available in English and Spanish. For all ages.  https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/

References:

Project Tomorrow. (2016). From Print to Pixel: The Role of Videos, Games, Animations and Simulations within K-12 education. Retrieved from http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU15AnnualReport.html

Dana Abbey, MLS is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. She is based at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library. You can reach her at dana.abbey@ucdenver.edu.

 

Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness

CSLinSessionJoin us for our next CSL in Session: Reaching Out: Creating Meaningful Library Services for Patrons Experiencing Homelessness on Tuesday April 21 from 3:30p – 4:30p, Mountain Time.

Libraries across the state are developing services, policies, and procedures to ensure individuals, families and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness in their communities have access the information and services they need to stay connected.

Please join us for this interactive session on library partnerships and services for the patrons experiencing homelessness. Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion, ask your burning questions, and share your experiences!

No registration is required! The session will be offered via Adobe Connect. You can access the classroom via the CSL in Session website listed below.

http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

FizzBoomRead – End of Summer Snow Crafts

For our final FizzBoomRead collection, we present Snow Crafts.  How could we resist the opportunity to share instructions on building a snowball catapult – even if it is August?  You can always file these away until the snow flies.

Boys’ Handicraft – How to Make a Snow Plow
Kit Carson County Record
October 17, 1912

New Ideas for Handy Boys – The Home-Made Skate-Sails
Colorado Transcript
December 18, 1913

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – A Snowball Mortar
Kiowa County Press
January 21, 1916

 

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

 

FizzBoomRead – Projects with Wood

From the simple (backyard swings) to the complex (lemonade stand) these instructables will help you get started in construction. And just in time for Back-to-School, details on building a writing desk.

Boys’ Handicraft – Details of the Packing-Case Dog House
Kit Carson County Record
November 28, 1912

Boys’ Handicraft – A Tool-Chest and A Tool-Rack
Colorado Transcript
May 8, 1913

Boys’ Handicraft – Details of Lemonade Stand with a Cash Drawer
Colorado Transcript
May 29, 1913

Boys’ Handicraft – Back Yard Swings
Colorado Transcript
June 12, 1913

Boys’ Handicraft – Details of Home-Made Writing Desk
Colorado Transcript
July 24, 1913

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – A Homemade Writing Desk
Oak Creek Times
March 9, 1916

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

FizzBoomRead – Water Crafts

These instructables give you an excuse to spend time around cool, clear water for the end of summer!  Try your hand at building a bird bath for your backyard wildlife, or a Water Glass for yourself so you can see what’s happening underwater.

Boys’ Handicraft – A Toy Water Motor
Colorado Transcript
March 27, 1913

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – Bird Baths
Oak Creek Times
December 14, 1916

For Boys to Make Handicraft – A Water-Glass
Fort Collins Courier
April 29, 1920

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

FizzBoomRead: Making Kites

Whether you choose a box kite or a simple tailless kite, these directions will help you build your own unique toy.  Let’s go fly a kite!

Boys’ Handicraft – A Rectangular Box-Kite
Yuma Pioneer
June 27, 1913

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – How to Build and Fly a Box Kite.
Wet Mountain Tribune
October 22, 1915

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – Three Homemade Kite Reels.  
Wet Mountain Tribune
October 29, 1915

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – A Malay or Tailless Kite.
Eagle Valley Enterprise
April 14, 1916
For Boys to Make Handicraft – Building a Box Kite
Fort Collins Courier
April 7, 1920

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

FizzBoomRead – Gardening

FizzBoomReads continues with more outdoor fun. Combine construction with a love of plants and build your own herbarium. Then head to your local library to check out books on local plants you could grow in your new gardens.
Boys’ Handicraft – Home-Made Flower-Boxes
Kiowa County Press
December 20, 1912

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – A Japanese Garden
Oak Creek Times
March 9, 1916

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – For a Herbarium.
Eagle Valley Enterprise
March 17, 1916

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

FizzBoomRead – Making Games

Are you a gamer, someone who enjoys playing all different types of games? If so, try building or designing your own outdoor games!

 
Handicraft for Boys and Girls – The Games of Jack-Sticks and Ring-Toss.
Eagle Valley Enterprise
September 24, 1915

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – Outdoor Fish-Pond and Other Jolly Games
Eagle Valley Enterprise
October 26, 1915

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – Jump Standards.
Eagle Valley Enterprise
April 7, 1916

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

FizzBoomRead: Electricity

Do you think you could build your own alarm clock?  What about a miniature X-Ray machine?  Put on your FizzBoomRead and SparkAReaction thinking caps and get to work!

Boys’ Handicraft – An Electric Alarm Clock (Part I)
Littleton Independent
October 25, 1912

Boys’ Handicraft – An Electric Alarm Clock (Part II)
Littleton Independent
October 25, 1912

Boys’ Handicraft – A Toy X-Ray Machine (Part I)
Kiowa County Press
January 3, 1913

Boys’ Handicraft – A Toy X-Ray Machine (Part II)
Kiowa County Press
January 3, 1913

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

FizzBoomRead: Camping Construction

FizzBoomRead and SparkAReaction summer reading continue with outdoor fun. Kids and Teens from 1913 were a lot handier than some of us today. These instructables include information on building a log bridge and a camp crane.

Boys’ Handicraft – When You Go Camping
Wray Rattler
May 1, 1913

Boys’ Handicraft – For the Summer Camp
Colorado Transcript
May 22, 1913

Handicraft for Boys and Girls – Backyard Camp Stoves
Eagle Valley Enterprise
October 26, 1915

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.