Educational Space Exploration Games
Better known as edutainment, education in games began in the mid-1980s. Games like Reader Rabbit and Math Blaster were some of the most successful educational games for K-12 students. With rapid improvement in technology, educational games have evolved considerably. The advent of advanced processors, graphics and the Internet revolution has encouraged entrepreneurs and developers to develop educational games that not only teach math, vocabulary, history and literature, but also help kids learn more about space and Earth science.
Regarding edutainment in space science, NASA is in the lead. It has launched several interactive space exploration games for kids and teens, including the latest MoonBase Alpha, a 3-D multiplayer online game, which is a part of NASA’s Learning Technologies program. The sole aim is to raise interest in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) among K-12 Students. Besides this immersive 3-D online game, NASA has several Flash and Shockwave browser-based games. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) website also has a variety of space exploration games to teach astronomy to kids.
Today’s educational games on space and Earth science are ingeniously designed and are quite effective in providing an interactive learning experience to children. Kids can solve problems on their own by participating in mini-games, which are engaging and inspiring. Educational games allow them to do research and find answers to their queries. Here are some of the most inspiring and engaging explore space games for K-12 students.