I received an evaluation copy of Can-TEEN games for girls in the mail today. The accompanying letter from Carnegie was stirring with some interesting facts about girls and STEM careers. For example:
- “The number of girls who say they like science drops 18% between grades 4 & 12.
- The number of women majoring in computer science has dropped 70% in this decade.
- While women make up nearly half the workforce, only 25% of science and engineering jobs are held by women. The disparity among African American and Hispanic women is even greater.”
–Carnegie Science Center
Of course, being the librarian I am, I sat down, slid the disc into my laptop, and tried out the games. The exploration portion was great; it was informative and insightful, but if you want to really challenge your kids with some great STEM games, you want to try some of these sites:
- NoNameSite has some fun and challenging games including a math-oriented claw game, A boolean game, and even a “find the ball int he website” game I got lost for a while in these games: https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/home
- Rice University has some great games for older teens including CSI, pandemics, and clinical trials. The graphics are sleek and the scenarios are challenging: http://webadventures.rice.edu/
- For some great medical games including hip replacement surgery, Choose the prosthetic, and stem cells, try http://www.edheads.org/
This is just a start, so if you have others you love, feel free to add them in the comments below!