Teach Science
with Games!

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GAMES

Play the carbon cycle game!

When kids find an old board game called the Cycle game under a rusty boat, they have to figure out how carbon atoms move around the world. You must master the carbon cycle in order to collect enough carbons to beat your opponent.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • The Carbon Cycle
  • Systems and System Models
  • Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-LS1-6
  • MS-ESS3-1
  • HS-LS2-5
  • LS1.C
  • LS2.B
  • PS3.D

Game Types

  • single player
  • local multiplayer
  • network multiplayer

Play the Water Cycle Game!

When kids find an old board game under a rusty old boat called the Cycle game, they have to figure out how water moves around the world to win the game.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • The Water Cycle
  • Evaporation
  • Runoff
  • Condensation
  • Precipitation
  • Soil Absorption
  • Ground Water Expansion

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-ESS2-4
  • MS-ESS3-1
  • ESS2.C

Game Types

  • single player
  • local multiplayer
  • network multiplayer

Play Magnet Hunt!

The kids have to use magnetic waves to find all of Mr. Hart’s magnets that Max and Honey hid throughout the yard.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • Forces and Interactions
  • Magnetism
  • Magnets
  • Magnetic Poles
  • North and South Poles
  • Magnetic Fields

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS.FORCES AND INTERACTIONS
  • MS-PS2-3
  • MS-PS2-5

Game Types

  • single player

Play Hot Air Balloon!

The kids build a janky hot air balloon and then use their knowledge of air pressure to fly across the yard. it’s dope.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • Buoyancy
  • Altitude
  • Density
  • Acceleration
  • Velocity
  • Forces

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-PS1-4
  • MS-PS2-2
  • PS 1A
  • PS 2A

Game Types

  • single player

Play Earthquake!

After Max destroys the kid’s handmade mini cities in a game of earthquake, Francis gets Honey interested in how scientists learn about real earthquakes.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  • Earth’s Materials and Systems
  • Scale Proportion and Quantity
  • S Waves & P Waves
  • Triangulation

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-PS4-2
  • ESS2.A
  • MS-ESS1- 4

Game Types

  • single player

Play The Nitrogen Cycle Game!

When kids find an old board game under a rusty old boat called the Cycle game, they have to figure out how nitrogen atoms move around the world to win the game.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • The Nitrogen Cycle
  • Bacteria Digestion
  • Plant Assimilation
  • Plant Death
  • Animal Death
  • Herbivorism
  • Nitrogen Fixing Plant Bacteria

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-ESS2-1
  • MS-ESS3-1
  • ESS2.A

Game Types

  • single player
  • local multiplayer
  • network multiplayer

Play the Wave Combinator!

Learn how waves interact when Jack and Francis find a mysterious wave combinator in the yard.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • Wave Properties
  • Developing and Using Models
  • Amplitude, Offset, Wavelength, Frequency

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-PS4-1
  • MS-PS4-2
  • PS4.A

Game Types

  • single player

Play Antibiotic Resistance!

When Max eats some nasty pizza he found in the garbage, Scout lays some education on him and Jack about the world of microbes.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • Heredity
  • Inheritance
  • Variation of Traits
  • Mutation
  • Genes
  • Developing and Using Models
  • Antibiotics

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-LS3
  • MS-LS3-1

Game Types

  • single player
  • multiplayer

Play the Wind Simulator!

When the kids try their hand at a tower building contest, a low pressure system moves in and changes their plans.

play!

Topics Addressed

  • Earth’s systems
  • Air Masses and weather conditions
  • Weather Patterns

Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-ESS2
  • MS-ESS2-5
  • ESS2.D

Game Types

  • single player

About the Games

Field Day’s mini-games are 10-20 minute interactive science games for kids in grades 5-7 to explore, play, and experiment with science. Designed to make complicated systems easier to understand, the games are quick to set up and simple to play. They run on any browser. No complicated user accounts or setup required - just type in the URL theyardgames.org and start playing!

In the Teachers' Words

Jenny Karpelina

Keeper of Creativity


“(Games are) a great way to increase engagement and a great way for kids to interact at their own pace with materials that can be abstract or just hard to learn through just a book or a lecture.”

Dominique Lark

Super hero Dreamer


“I’m really excited to be able to help with the development of the games and give my input on the science content and then take those back to my classroom and let my kids play those games and see their engagement and input.”

Joe Reiderer

Educational Mastermind


“The people who are here are incredible and the value they put on our (teachers’) opinion is unbelieveable.”