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Online science games for kids: What makes a good one?

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My editor put the question to me recently: “Tom, can you do a little research on good online science games for kids?” Turning to the web, I found several sites that offer games for kids to learn about all kinds of science – PBSKids, EdHeads, Ology, and Science Kids are just four that I came across, and the Children’s Hospital Trust has developed games as part of its Generation Cures website. But the question I couldn’t get out of my head was, “What makes a good science game?”

For starters, I asked my six-year-old son, the one who asks me every night at dinner, “Dad, what was the coolest science that you heard about today?” (Word to the wise: explaining stem cells and zebrafish to a six-year-old can be tricky.) His reply: “Thoughtful games, Dad. I like games that make me think.”

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