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In Galactic Gloop Zoo, students play a 2-D space game in which they transfer heat to help hatch eggs for the Galactic Zoo. It employs a lot of mechanics, keeping play fresh, challenging, and interesting throughout. As with all Possible World games, Galactic Gloop Zoo's extensive support materials make it possible to conduct an entire unit using just the resources on the website. It also does an excellent job of clearing up misconceptions about how heat travels (but cold doesn't), making it an effective way to review and finalize students' understanding of heat transfer.
In addition to Possible Worlds' support materials, teachers could challenge students to use a program like Gamestar Mechanic to design their own games using the concepts of heat transfer, or to design a board or card game to teach heat transfer to younger students. The mechanics are fairly staightforward, so students should be able to reproduce them easily.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.
Matter and Its Interactions
Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.
Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
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