Teacher Review for Wondermind

Clever mix of art and science with engaging games.

Catherine B.
Classroom teacher
Copper Mesa Elementary (Highlands Ranch, CO)
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
My third grade students enjoyed checking out this site as part if a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) unit. They enjoyed the games and were engaged. I found the design of the games very artistically pleasing--not surprising, given it is associated with the Tate Museum in London. The students were a bit disappointed that there were only four games, and some got frustrated with the level of skill needed to progress through levels. However, it certainly encouraged them to think critically, problem solve and collaborate with their peers when they got stuck on a level. Though the page includes opportunities to dive deeper into science and art, students did not seem interested in the 'blog' type format--it didn't appear to be interactive enough for them.
My Take
Though a beautifully designed site with a great concept--exploring neuroscience through interactive games with a lovely blend of art, the concept was lost on my third graders. They didn't make the connection, and some of the vocabulary was too sophisticated for them as well. They also seemed frustrated by the complexity of some of the games, and thought that there should be more than four games in all. I can see how this would be a great site for older students who could recognize the design/function of the game and how it ties into the brain. Older students might also be more interested in some of the extension resources. In all, a great site, but better suited for older elementary aged students and into middle school.