Friction, Archery and Maize Games

Heatherton! This little collection of games from Wales is kind of addictive! There are three games that appear to be free to play – Archery, Race Car Testing and the Maize Maze.

The Archery game involves some speedy maths to earn arrows which you then get to use on targets where it’s all about the angle and force you apply. Apparently you can move up a level, but I’m not sure if I managed that!

The Race Car Testing game involves choosing different surfaces or different gradient of slope to then have a race car test. Each surface/gradient has to have 3 test runs before an everage is calculated (or you can turn off the calculations so you have to measure the stopping distance and average yourself). Some of the surfaces are normal standard ones – sandpaper, tin foil, glass – and then there’s jelly!

For the maize maze, there’s a whole bunch of information you can read before then answering questions on, well, maize. I didn’t read the info, but still got a handful of questions right and I guess this game will only be useful if you’re studying maize.

All three games have printable results and they don’t require logging in. Definitely something there for physics and maths.

Scibermonkey

This is a pretty nifty, colourful little collection of resources.

Resources are separated into different age ranges: 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 and teachers with all of the ranges having different topics to select.

Sciber Monkey

For example, using the teacher section, there are 3 drop down menus for age of student, theme and then topic. This is the same structure if you went on the 11-14 page, but far less colourful!

Scibermonkey itself is very colourful and fun looking, especially to entice those younger into having a look, but then all of the resources are links to elsewhere – games, animations, BBC Bitesize information, diagrams to label. They are all interesting and useful, but each resource could be from a different website that isn’t quite as fun and colourful as the Sciber Monkey site. It is very easily searchable by keywords though, which is always a good positive!

Animation – Transport of Water and Sugar in Plants

Animation – Transport of Water and Sugar in Plants.

This is perfect for KS4, specifically unit B4e, an animation regarding the key processes of plant transport in xylem and phloem. As it is from saps, there is also a selection of downloadable notes including teacher notes and an A-level student revision guide, which might be suitable for GCSE, too.

Some of this goes perfectly with the “at home” science I’ve been finding recently!