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 Title: Science Pirates (12/16/09) Description: You are a scientific game reviewer. You must decide whether science pirates is interesting and educational enough to be purchased by the province to use in schools. In your review you will need to give specific examples of what is learned. As well, you will need to give reasons why it would appeal to middle school students.

 Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:24 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 3867 Science Pirates is a game designed to teach kids about scientific methods, how to perform experiments, and other valuable things. I feel that Science Pirates is a fun yet educational game that can help kids learn. In fact, once you get over the annoying music, pointless conversations, and complex puzzles, it is an enjoyable game. In this game you can learn how to make a hypothesis (ex. Washing your hands with soap and water is better than rinsing them), do an experiment (ex. Finding out which hand washing method is better), and come to a conclusion (ex. Washing your hands with soap and water is in fact better than rinsing them). You also learn about variables, such as independent variables and dependant variables (ex. A type of hand washing method and the amount of bacteria it left). Another thing learned about is constants, which are things that always stay the same. Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:24 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 3867
 Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:24 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 1409 My review for this game is that it was great for learning science in a fun, new way. It helped me to solve problems, make hypothesises and other things. Although, I believe this game is made more for younger ages and there are a bit of annoyances and repetitiveness. For example, the songs gave good information and examples of what you should do if making a procedure but it got boring after a while. Repeating that bacteria is small and can be everywhere is like repeating that water is a liquid, its common sense. On a brighter side, the games repetitiveness helped me remember what to do, and which step to take first when doing a procedure, it also helped me to make more observations and take a note of what was happening and how to write it down. Then for the game part, I’d say it was very fun, I enjoyed the battles with the sea monsters, and learned about the variables when I was discovering what kind of bomb I should use to destroy it. The ghosts where interesting and even more acquired for learning. They showed me the steps of writing procedures, the difference between variables and independent variables, the constants and other little ways to make your procedure as fair and accurate as could be. By all, this game was a well made, ideal way for teaching young generations about science and even germs, in my opinion, this game was very good ! Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:24 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 1409
 Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:28 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 1691 Science Pirates Review Our class has recently finished playing a scientific pirate game. This game used scientific methods while also introducing fun to the game. This game could be a useful tool to science teachers so that they could introduce the scientific methods without stifling their creativity. This game teaches students how to use different methods for finding and solving problems. The game teaches them how to use the trial and error method. They have many lives so they can have chances to learn from their mistakes. Another method this game teaches is how to use a chart to compare their results to different tests. This game also has fun involved. This game was based around a pirate who has to break the curse of Brown beard. He must guide monkeys through confusing mazes, help the ghosts of Brown beards old crew solve their problems and fight the evil sea monsters. On his way he must find the discarded pieces of a map that will guide them to Brown beards lair so they can reclaim their treasure chest. I would recommend this to people who enjoy pirates and like science and would also like to learn about different science methods. Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:28 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 1691
 Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:44 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 1601 This is a really good game it teaches you specifique things in science like what independent variables and variables and also constants. I would say that this game would be a good game for a age group of 10-13, because it teaches things you should know for when you get to middle school and also when you are in middle school. The Game also uses scientific word like “Agar” so like you have to look in the dictionary for the word and for what it means so also you learn a new vocabulary. This game teaches you how to do experiments and the correct way to do the experiment also it shows you how to observe and take in information about what things do for example it shows you that when a monkey eats a banana it turns right and then it shows you that when you eat a apple it turns left and exc. One other thing that it shows you is the order that you should do the experiment and the way you should do the chart and more… There were also pieces of the mat that you had to collect to defeat this captain “Brown beard”. To collect the pieces of the map you had to do different experiments. I think that the talking ti-ki’s were really annoying because they were singing but what they were singing was teaching you about lots of different things. I think this game is a really good and also fun game for teaching you science. Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:44 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 1601
 Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:16 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 1652 I think the game science pirates was a very educational experience, it was fun to play all the activities and learn how to do science experiments virtually. My favorite part was using fruit to guide the monkey through the temple, you had to use banana’s to go right, apples to go left and so on. It was also fun to try different substances to create a cannon ball to defeat the monsters. There were parts where you had to make charts to indicate which one of the materials was the one that would defeat the problem that the pirates had for you, that was interesting. And so I think that everybody in Middle School should get the chance to play this game, because for me it actually made me want to come to science and learn, and I think that’s how everyone should feel about science also. So if you’re ever in the mood to play a fun educational game you should play Science Pirates. Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:16 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 1652
 Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:26 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 1485 I am going to talk about the game that I played it’s a learning game all about pirates and it shows you how to do projects and I think it is a good game for younger kids to play. This game is a great learning game for younger kids probably not so much for older kids like grade eight and nine and so on but for younger kids it a good learning game you can learn things you might not have seen or heard of before and this game will show you and tell you all about it. This game show you all about experiences and how to do stuff like who to make a chart or what the definitions are or how to make a hypothesis it will show you haw to make a good question and it will also show you all about constants, variables and what the independent variable and dependant variable are which also mean cause and effect. When they were talking about constants it means thing that stay the same and the variables are things that change through out the project. This is why I think this game is a very good game for younger kids and even for older kids but mostly for us it is just fun so this game is a very good learning experience for younger kids. Article posted January 7, 2010 at 05:26 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 1485
 Article posted January 8, 2010 at 06:17 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 1637 Science Pirates review I would have to say that the purchase of this educational game would be highly recommended. This game has explained what a hypothesis is and the different from an independent variable and an independent variable. The independent variable relies on nothing yet the dependent variable relies on the independent variable. In this I learnt the constants are the things that stay the same like the time or the person ect. Also I had a better understanding of the process of elimination and deductive reasoning for keeping one variable while testing it with others and picking the best out of those then continuing with that for the rest of the game. In this game I was taught what a ager is used to feed the bacteria and let it grow until the bacteria is visible to the human eye. And of what is the best way to be rid of germs also how germs can be passed around For the songs I would have too say that the one with the hermit and the two rats was probably the only nifty one for the other songs they song weren’t as good as they could have been. That was the games only weak spot. Overall it is a fun way of learning. Article posted January 8, 2010 at 06:17 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 1637
 Article posted January 6, 2010 at 05:20 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 1502 This game was fun and you did learn a little but most of the stuff I already knew and I got through the game with ease. I say this game should be put for lower grades. It was fun and I enjoyed it but I think the game would have been more fun if I did not know any of this stuff already. I would suggest that this game enter the school curriculum because it shows step by step on how to perform an experiment. It told me that deductive reasoning can tell me which object or in this case weapon would destroy the sea monster. I really enjoyed playing this game. One thing I did not know was what agar was. “It is a jelly like substance in a dish.” Agar is used to multiply bacteria. It acts as food for the bacteria and it lets the bacteria grow and multiply. When it multiplies it will be far easier to see. One other thing I was not completely sure on was the scientific method. I was not sure what step goes first. I did not know the difference between a hypothesis (intelligent guess) and a fact. Like I already said before the game covers all the basics. How to test a experiment, how to make an intelligent guess, and how to make a experiment chart. This game helps a lot and it should be played in all science classes in Canada. Article posted January 6, 2010 at 05:20 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 1502