Simulations, Games and Virtual Learning Experiences

English Studies Simulations

The Alphabet superhighway (K-12)
This World Wide Web (WWW) site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's READ*WRITE*NOW! Initiative, helps students in grades 1 to 12 to create, locate, and communicate information through active learning, guided discovery, mentoring, competitions.

Math Simulations

The Stock Market Game

SMG2000, the stock market game (4-12) This World Wide Web (WWW) site is designed to help students in grades 4 to 12 understand the stock market, the costs and benefits involved in decision making, and the sources and uses of capital and other related economic concepts

The Stock Market Game - The Stock Market Game is an education program for Grades 4-12, college students, and adults. SMG is the original game in USA since 1977. Teams receive $100,000 which they invest over a 10 week period. The game can be played over the Internet or by mail.

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles, Arithmetics and Algebra – (6-12) Math puzzles. Interactive education. A growing number of topics from Algebra and Arithmetic many of which are accompanied by interactive illustrations and simulations.

Topology and geometry software (7-12) This site features online activities and games for exploring symmetries in 2- and 3-dimensional space with torus and Klein bottle figures.

Calculus (11-12) This site contains interactive java applets that demonstrate concepts from calculus. The page has three main sections that cover topics concerning limits, derivatives, and integrals.

The megapenny project (5-8) This site aims to help visitors understand and appreciate the magnitude of large numbers by showing and describing arrangements of large quantities of U.S. pennies.

Math and physics applets (9-12) This site contains java applets that are designed to help students visualize important concepts in mathematics and physics. Applets include simulations and demonstrations of sound waves, membrane oscillators, and vector fields.

The learning equation (9-12) This site presents 15 applets for exploring mathematics topics in geometry, trigonometry, and probability. Each applet has detailed directions for use and suggestions for exploration.

Powers of ten (6-12) This site features a series of pictures from nature that each have a wider or narrower field of view by a power of ten. The initial picture is a one meter by one meter view of a flower bed.

Educational Java programs (K-10)
This site, started in November 1997, provides Java applets with lesson activities that can be used as online tools to help and enhance the education of children both at school and at home.

Virtual laboratories in probability and statistics (11-12) This site provides a set of web based resources for students and teachers of probability and statistics. The site is divided into chapters grouped into topics for probability, statistics and special models, including Bernoulli Trials.

The Pythagorean theorem (6-8) This site features a lesson designed to allow students to discover the Pythagorean Theorem on their own. The developer believes that students will gain a deeper understanding, and have a rewarding experience.

VESTAC, Visualization of and Experimentation with STAtistical Concepts (11-12) This site features applets designed to help students more easily visualize and understand abstract statistics concepts through interactive computer-aided instruction.

Seeing statistics (10-12) This site was designed to help students of statistics learn the dynamic, visual nature of statistical concepts using interactive methods. The site uses more than 150 Java applets.

Visual fractions (4-9) This site aims to reduce fraction anxiety, called Fractionitis, in adults and students by helping the user picture fractions and the operations that can be performed on them. There are instructions and problems to work through.

ExploreMath.com (8-12) This site features interactive activities designed to help students visualize and explore a spectrum of major mathematical concepts from elementary algebra through pre-calculus.

Vectors (8-12) This) site features static sketches with mathematical explanations and interactive vector models that are intended as supplementary material to help students in their first encounter with vectors.

Population growth and balance (5-10) This site gives students the opportunity to use a mathematical model to conduct simulation population dynamics experiments.

MSTE Java (6-12) This site features a collection of interactive JAVA Applets, offering onscreen manipulatives for mathematics topics.

GraphCalc (6-12) This site features downloadable software for a graphing calculator with capabilities that range from everyday arithmetic to statistical analysis and calculus. The software includes a help feature and tutorials.

ExploreScience.com (K-12) This site features a collection of interactive multimedia activities. These visually dynamic Shockwave (tm) activities offer real-time correlations between equations and graphs that help students visualize.

Mathematical ideas in science (11-12) This site provides a series of tutorial modules for high school and undergraduate students in mathematics and physics. The modules utilize animation and virtual laboratories to explore topics such as linear transformations.

Base 10 blocks (K-5)
This site, maintained by Arcytech (a nonprofit organization that develops online tools and applications for classroom and home use), is an on-line version of the standard base ten block manipulatives.

The sound of chaos (5-12) This site, part of the Discovery Channel Online, offers background on the how and why fractals can be used to make music and who is making this music along with examples of fractals and fractal music and comments from listeners.

A visual dictionary of special plane curves (11-12) This site for advanced students illustrates, through detailed drawings and animation, such properties of plane curves as cusp, tangent, evolute, involute, and envelope.

Mathematical modeling in a real and complex world (11-12)
This site, part of the Connected Curriculum Project, contains a web based semester long course in mathematical modeling.

Find the area of the shape! (7-12) This site is designed to let students explore the meaning of area of geometric shapes. The figures are presented on a grid with three interactive true or false questions designed to make the student think about the meaning of area.

Fractals (9-12) This site contains information and interactive Java Applets on eleven types of fractals and the mathematics behind them.

JavaSketchpad DR3 Gallery (9-12) This site offers demonstrations of Java Sketchpad capabilities that include three-dimensional visualizations of an icosahedron, investigations of triangle medians and centroids, and explorations in sine wave geometry.

Online math applications (5-8) This site invites kids of all ages to apply math to real world situations in investing, music, history, science, and travel.

The Fractory (7-12) This site is an interactive tool for creating and exploring fractals. It answers questions about what fractals are, how to design them, and how they are used in science to show order in seemingly random events.

Math in daily life (6-12) This site explores how math principles can be helpful when deciding whether to buy or lease a car, following a recipe, or decorating a home.

Math Cove (6-12) This site presents interactive activities and lessons on transformations and geometry.

Memory (5-12) This site is sponsored by the Exploratorium and features online exhibits about memory. A video segment compares the human brain and the sheep brain, discusses the areas of the brain.

Totally tessellated (5-12) This site, created by three high school students, is a comprehensive introduction to the creation and artful application of tessellations. It includes many colorful examples of tessellations found in real life.

MusiNum, the music in the numbers (3-12) This site, developed by an artificial intelligence researcher in Germany, contains a free program enabling the user to create music by turning numbers into generative fractal music.

Mathematics in biology (11-12) This site offers concrete interactive simulations of scientific concepts that are applications of advanced mathematics topics. Content is intended for upper level mathematics and science students.

Center for Polymer Studies (9-12) This site provides materials to help teachers use computers to apply physical models to large systems, and to enable students to successfully manipulate the results.

Dave's geometric pix gallery (9-12) This site provides a collection of computer generated geometric images, including fractals and chaotic images, along with definitions and mathematical explanations of how they are generated.

Online finite mathematics and applied calculus resource (11-12) This site is a source for instruction and interactive tutorials in finite math and calculus for the upper level high school student and the college student.

Frequently asked questions about Trigonometry (10-12) This site offers trigonometry students an interactive format for investigating introductory concepts involving sine, cosine, and tangent.

Fractal explorer (11-12) This site illustrates the infinite complexity and beauty of fractals with its interactive introduction to two fractals, the Mandelbrot set and Julia sets.

Oak Grove Middle School (5-8) This site uses the spreadsheet MICROSOFT EXCEL to create tables for displaying the perimeter and area of a rectangle, a right triangle, and a circle. A horizontal bar graph displays a comparison between the area and perimeter.

PlaneMath (4-7) This site contains tutorial mathematics lessons, group activities, links to other sites, and information for teachers and parents of physically disabled students in grades 4 to 7. The mission of the project is to motivate students.

MathMol modules concepts in science through molecular modeling (8-12) This site contains activities for = students and teachers that address certain concepts in mathematics and science through molecular modeling. Science concepts covered include the properties of water; the chemistry of carbon.

Euclid's elements (9-12) This site, for teachers, students and others interested in geometry, was created to rekindle interest in Euclid's ELEMENTS and to show how Java applets can be used to illustrate geometry.

The Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Section (7-12) This site is devoted to looking at the Fibonacci numbers, their properties and occurrences in nature, and related number theory topics.

Manipula math with JAVA (5-12) This site uses interactive animation to explore an extensive set of sophisticated mathematical concepts.

Virtual polyhedra (K-12) This site provides access to a collection of over 700 virtual reality polyhedra for users to explore. The site is intended to be a self-contained easy to explore elementary tutorial, reference work, and object library for people interested in polyhedras.

Taking stock (5-12) Taking Stock is an online interactive telecommunications project based on the inner workings of the Stock Market, integrating research techniques, writing skills, math strands, and collaborative learning.

The abacus (K-12) This site offers a classic Chinese style virtual abacus and explains its parts. Touching a virtual bead moves it from one position on the abacus to another along the virtual rod.

Graphics for the calculus classroom (11&12) This site contains excerpts from a collection of graphical demonstrations developed for first year calculus. (Great for PowerPoint Presentations.)

calculus@internet (11&12) This site contains information for students and teachers of calculus.

Rice virtual lab in statistics (9-12) This site offers statistical content for the high school student and teacher.

Misc. Simulations

The Hot Seat: Can you survive the mock interview and land the job (interview simulator by Kaplan)

Educational Simulations - FREE simulations! Students can role-play the construction of a classroom country, compete with other student’s world-wide to see how profitable they can be with an imaginary portfolio valued at $100,000 or create an electronic version of a model United Nations.

Welcome to Physiologic Imaging - intense presentations of physiologic imaging and image analysis approaches which allow future physicians and scientists to begin quantitating and visualizing both structure and function.

International Communication and Negotiation Simulations

Shareware Simulations & Lessons in Physics, Science, Math, & Engineering - Missing proper lab equipment to teach concepts in physics/science/engineering/Optics? Try these simulations that allow the student to turn dials, push buttons, and experiment as if they were doing the real thing!

Tim Draper's BizWorld (3-8) This site describes a program to bring volunteers into the classroom to encourage students, grades 3 to 8, to learn about basic business principles in a simulated business environment.

Building big (5-12) This site, developed in conjunction with a PBS series of the same name, explores the history behind some of the world's greatest feats of engineering and the ingenuity of the engineers, architects, and builders.

MASTER tools (5-12) This site features interactive tools and simulation environments designed to enable and encourage exploration and discovery through observation, conjecture, and modeling.

The soundry (9-12) This site, developed by three high school students from Virginia and Alaska as a Think Quest 1998 entry, is designed to promote enthusiasm and knowledge about sound using interactive, educational activities.

Science Simulations

Chickscope Chickscope is a project to study chicken embryo development using a remotely-controlled magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) instrument. The site includes many egglectic and engaging educational resources such as annotated chicken embryology sequences and EggMath, collection of Web modules (including many interactive applets), intended for use in K-12 classrooms, covering different topics in mathematics related to eggs.

The Heart: An Online Exploration - virtually explore the heart and the complexities of its development and structure while you travel along its blood vessels exploring web like body systems. Or visit the heart preview gallery and the history of heart science.

National Geographic Society - explore the universe through on-line adventures...just consult the cruise guide and don't forget your passport.

The Visible Human Project - an on-going creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the male and female human body. "The long-term goal is to produce a system of knowledge structures that will transparently link visual knowledge forms to symbolic knowledge formats such as the names of body parts."

The Online Frog Dissection

Virtual frog dissection kit (8-12) This interactive allows visitors to virtually dissect a frog, to play a game about the locations and functions of frog organs, and to access information about the pedagogical and technical basis of the site.

Virtual Plants - Simulates the structural development and growth of plants.

Cells Alive!

The Interactive Fly

Webcytology: An Exploration of Unicellular Life – (3-12) An educational resource for students and teachers featuring a unique interactive simulation, reference section, glossary, quizzes, labs, essays, and message boards.

Explore science classic (7-12) This site, developed for K to 12 by physicist Raman Pfaff, contains interactive ShockWave simulations that illustrate many of the principles demonstrated in introductory laboratory courses.

Educational Space Simulations Project – (6-12) The purpose of this web site is to promote the development of education via simulation. Check out links to space simulation information sites.

Sea Full of Sharks - learn about meat eating, basking, and ancient sharks. Check out the picture album or play a simulation game too.

Biology Labs On-Line- Biology Labs On-Line offers a series of interactive, inquiry-based biology simulations and exercises

Virtual microscopy (9-12) This site offers an interactive, virtual tutorial to 17 different microscopy techniques. A brief description of each microscopy technique and the length of time the tutorial takes to download are also provided.

NOVA hot science (6-12) This site, maintained by the PBS series NOVA, is a categorized, annotated list of links to interactive NOVA sites. Each annotation in the list provides a description of the site and indicates what plug-ins, if any, are required.

Cracking the code of life (9-12) This site, maintained by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), is a companion to the NOVA television special, Cracking the Code of Life, which chronicles the scientific race to complete the human genome.

Fear of physics (8-12) This site offers a non-technical place for individuals to visit to play with the laws of physics. The intent of the authors is to dispel the myth of the general public that physics is bad!

Math and physics applets (9-12) This site contains java applets that are designed to help students visualize important concepts in mathematics and physics. Applets include simulations and demonstrations of sound waves, membrane oscillators, and vector fields.

Becoming human (9-12) This site is an online documentary that chronicles the origin and evolution of the human species. Narrated by Donald Johanson, the paleoanthropologist who discovered Lucy.

Walking with prehistoric beasts (4-12) This World Wide Web (WWW) site presents information, illustrations, and games focused on the mammals and other beasts that succeeded the dinosaurs on the prehistoric earth.

Educational Java programs (K-10) This site, started in November 1997, provides Java applets with lesson activities that can be used as online tools to help and enhance the education of children both at school and at home.

The last straw (3-8) This site contains a tutorial about plants, a virtual lab to compare the growth of dry adapted or wet adapted plants in different climate conditions, and multiple choice quiz.

Brookfield Zoo (7-12) This site has an interactive exploration and field guide to highlight the Brookfield Zoo's exhibits and worldwide conservation efforts.

Geology labs on-line (8-12) This site, maintained by Gary A. Novak of California State University at Los Angeles as part of the VIRTUAL COURSEWARE FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION series, presents web based lab activities that are intended to enhance the learning and teaching of Geology.

Simple machines (4-9) This site uses animated illustrations to explain what simple machines are and how they provide mechanical advantage. Visitors to the site can select from six simple machines to see.

BioInteractive (6-12) This site contains interactive learning modules with virtual labs, animated clips, and virtual museums. The virtual labs allow students to perform and analyze simulations.

Genetic Science Learning Center (5-12) This site provides information on basic genetics, genetic disorders, and genetics in society.

Geo Mysteries (1-8) This site, maintained by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, provides scientific background information about rocks and fossils. The site contains lessons in which students solve mysteries about rocks, fossils, etc.

OLogy (K-12) This site, maintained for kids by the American Museum of Natural History, contains educational activities related to paleontology where students play games, meet real paleontologists, and find Ology cards.

Mathematical ideas in science (11-12) This site provides a series of tutorial modules for high school and undergraduate students in mathematics and physics. The modules utilize animation and virtual laboratories to explore topics such as linear transformations.

The virtual cell Web page This site is designed to help students in introductory high school or post secondary science classes visualize abstract concepts. The site is divided into a virtual cell tour and a virtual textbook.

Physicsweb.com (9-12) This site, maintained by a physics teacher, presents computer based labs, simulated physics achievement tests, and multiple choice questions on such physics topics as conservation of energy in springs and kinematics.

Virtual labs and simulations (9-12) This site is an Internet source of demonstrations and simulations in physics. The site features classroom links to numerous applets that are used in lectures and labs as a way to demonstrate visually.

Science is fun in the lab of Shakhashiri (9-12) This site features science activities and demonstrations, supporting materials for general chemistry courses, and links to related chemistry sites.

On the prairie (6-12) This site, maintained by the University of Minnesota (UM) as part of the Minnesota IDEALS program, provides online activities and resources that invite students to discover the plants and animals that compose the prairie ecosystem.

Build-a-prairie (6-12) This site, maintained by the University of Minnesota (UM), provides online activities that invite students to discover the plants and animals.

Science fun with airplanes (6-12) This site provides self guided lessons to help students learn about the principles of flight and why planes fly the way they do.

CosmicQuest (4-12) This site, maintained by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, contains a field guide to the universe, an online game, and background information related to an expedition to the North Magnetic Pole.

Virtual Laboratory (11-12) This site, maintained by the University of Oregon Physics department, offers a series of online curriculum modules that demonstrate concepts in mechanics, energy, thermodynamics, and astrophysics.

World chemistry (11-12) This site offers interactive content illustrating various chemistry concepts is for high school students taking advanced chemistry courses.

Physics 2000 (9-12) This site, maintained by University of Colorado, offers interactive applets designed to make physics more accessible to students and people of all ages.

A science odyssey (7-12) This site, maintained by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), presents a five part television series that takes the visitors on a journey through the last 100 years in the history of science and technology.

Why is the sky dark at night? (7-12) This site explains the physics concepts that explain why the sky is dark at night. The question is explored in terms of the history of scientific views and the physical relationships involving temperature, volume, and heat.

Amusement park physics (7-12) This site, maintained by the Annenberg/CPB Project, provides colleges, high schools, corporations, organizations, and informal learners around the world with interactive learning experiences in amusement park ride design.

You try it! (6-12) This site, developed by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), provides eight interactive displays that explore a variety of science topics. Users click and drag to probe the motor cortex, replicate DNA, and build atoms from subatomic

The cloud case (5-8) This site, sponsored by the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), is an interactive online lesson explains, using the principles of condensation and evaporation, how clouds form.

Amazon interactive (3-12) This site contains online games and activities in which students explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest and investigate how the native Quichua people live off the land.

Mathematics in biology (11-12) This site offers concrete interactive simulations of scientific concepts that are applications of advanced mathematics topics. Content is intended for upper level mathematics and science students.

Northwestern University Department of Mathematics. Experimental mathematics program. (11-12) This site is designed to make scientific modeling accessible to a broad segment of the population.

Visual physics (9-12) This site provides basic instruction in physics using manipulated animations. The animations feature physical principles such as force, work, and projectile motion, as well as electricity.

Solar system simulator (9-12) This site allows students to view any body in the solar system from any other body at any time specified. Students can change angle of view, size of image and orbit lines. Global surface maps are available.

Human anatomy online (7-12) This site contains over one hundred illustrations of the human body with animations and descriptive links. The site is divided into ten body systems.

The Visible Human Project (K-12) This site provides access to complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the male and female human body.

Sea and sky (5-12) This site takes visitors on a virtual field trip to the last two great frontiers: the splendors of the Sea, and the endless wonders of the Universe.

The yuckiest site on the Internet (K-8) This site currently features entomologist Dr. Betty (The Bug Lady) Faber, who teaches kids about insects by introducing the fascinating world of cockroaches.

Questacon (k-12) This site is the home page for Questacon, the National Science and Technology Center in Canberra, Australia. Information about the museum and its exhibits is available, along with links to other science sites.

Ontario Science Centre = Centre des sciences de l'Ontario (K-12)
This) site is the home page of the Ontario Science Centre in Ontario Canada. In addition to general information about the Science Center, this site provides a schedule of exhibits, events, and educational programs.

Interactive physics (9-12) This site provides information about Interactive Physics, a full motion physics laboratory and authoring environment for Windows and Macintosh computers that allows teachers and students to build and explore physics experiments.

MathMol modules concepts in science through molecular modeling (8-12)
This site contains activities for students and teachers that address certain concepts in mathematics and science through molecular modeling. Science concepts covered include the properties of water and the chemistry of carbon.

CyberChemistry at your fingertips (7-12) This site, suitable for students in grades 7 to 12, provides four different chemistry experiments that may be carried out at home or in school or viewed on a video.

You can with Beakman and Jax (K-8) This site features the comic strip characters Beakman and Jax. They provide answers to science related questions that kids send in.

Cow's eye dissection (3-12) This site, maintained by The Exploratorium as part of the Science Learning Network, simulates for students in step by step fashion the experience of a laboratory dissection.

Science teachers' resources (K-12) This site is intended for use by science teachers to share ideas, such as laboratory investigations, demonstrations, teaching tips, and links to additional WWW teaching resources.

Educational Space Simulations Project (K-12) This site provides visitors with information on the Educational Space Simulations Project (ESSP), which is affiliated with the National Association of Space Simulating Educators (NASSE).

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (K-12)This site provides information about the museum and its educational programs and exhibits.

Molecular expressions (9-12) This site is dedicated to photomicroscopy, photography through a microscope.

Explore science classic (7-12) This site, developed for K to 12 by physicist Raman Pfaff, contains interactive ShockWave simulations that illustrate many of the principles demonstrated in introductory laboratory courses.

B Eye (K-12) This site simulates the optics of a honey bee's (Apis mellifera) eye. In addition to optics, the program is based on findings of a number of anatomical and behavioral studies.

Science for the millennium (K-12) This site was developed for K through grade 12 by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NSCA) to promote the development of advanced computing and communication tools and information technologies.

The learning matters of chemistry (9-12) This site was developed originally as an organic chemistry resource aimed to provide learning and teaching organic chemistry materials on the Internet, and was extended to include the other areas of chemistry.

Jackson and Tull's PCs in space (3-12) This World Wide Web (WWW) site, designed for students in grades 3 to 12, provides a series of free interactive downloadable space science programs that can be used for exploring topics related to space.

French Lesson.org - an interactive tutorial on grammar

Science Studies Simulations

Dr. Donn's Ancient Greece Olympics Simulation Unit

The Atlantic Slave Trade a Demographic Simulation

Flight to Freedom - This role-playing game simulates the experience of fugitive slaves.

Mock Trials - The law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. does a mock trial related to the sinking of the Titanic for sons and daughters of their employees. They provide a complete set of information and hold a simulated trial so that sons and daughters can see the legal process at work in an interesting manner. Their web site at provides plenty of great information.

K-5 CyberTrail - cruise the CyberTrail for a look at educational resources on the Web available to teachers and discover how innovative elementary schools are giving back to the Web with interesting online projects.

Westward Ho! – (6-12) Travel the Oregon Trail! Lots of laughter, learning and realism in this online simulation.

Edo Japan, A Virtual Tour - A detailed virtual tour of 18th century Edo (now Tokyo) using traditional web pages.

The national atlas of the United States of America (5-12) This site, maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior, offers interactive, multimedia, and printed maps designed to help children and adults visualize and understand complex relationships between environments, places, and people.

Population growth and balance (5-10) This site gives students the opportunity to use a mathematical model to conduct simulation population dynamics experiments.

Simpler interactives

  • A Seat at the Table. You make decisions that affect your ability to get enough food. Done in Flash but could easily be created with simpler tools that support branching.
  • The Wealthiest Americans Ever. Excellent graphic design makes a simple rollover impressive.
  • AIDS at 25. Simple graphs and photos tell a compelling story.
  • Turning a Corner?. Clear explanations make this animated graph about economic cycles easy to understand.
  • Choose a Different Ending. Video that uses YouTube’s linking annotation feature to create a compelling first-person story (warning: uses some violent content to deliver an anti-violence message).
  • Forest, Fields and the Falls: Connecting Minnesota. Lush illustration and real-life stories make this somewhat simple interactive compelling.
  • Amazing Girls. Photos with audio interviews of high-achieving high school students. A similar format could be used to introduce a company’s culture to new employees.
  • RSS in Plain English. Not interactive, but a clever and low-budget approach to a video demonstration that uses pieces of paper. They describe their equipment briefly here.
  • Birth of a Tornado. Explanation is provided by text that’s placed near the graphic–the efficient and cost-effective alternative to audio.
  • Laptop ports. Review the ports, then click on the port you would use for each task. Lets you explore the laptop and skip what you already know.
  • Crimescene game. Simple branching scenario in which you interview a teller after a bank robbery. The page includes several versions of the game with different production levels.
  • A. Pintura, Art Detective. You help determine the painter of a mystery picture. Good example of branching while not the strongest example of graphic design.

More advanced interactives

The samples below include panoramas, multiple layers of navigation, or more sophisticated animation.

  • Join the Mouse Party to learn how drugs affect the brain.
  • National Museum of Australia. Several Flash activities, including ones that have you explore mystery objects or create your own museum exhibit.
  • The Wright Brothers: First in Flight. Interesting mix of interactive panoramas, still photos, and text.
  • What Is a Print?. Make four types of prints in this fun interactive from the Museum of Modern Art.
  • The Elegant Universe. A PBS site on string theory. Try “Multidimensional Math.”
  • Explore the Concorde. Includes interactive panorama, narration, text. Much more interesting than a guided tour.
  • Homestand. Behind the scenes at a baseball game. Includes real video animations of players; you choose an action for the player to demonstrate while captions explain the rules.
  • The Making of a Brick. Shows how Legos are made. The text is hard to read, but the cartoon incorporates video in an interesting way.
  • Is It Better to Buy or Rent? Interactive graphic that lets you input data to see when it’s better to buy a home. Much more efficient than pages of text-only explanation.
  • Peter Packet. Help Peter Packet deliver information that will improve lives in developing countries, and learn about the Internet as you play.
  • Crash Scene Investigation. Use trigonometry, physics, and geometry to figure out what happened at an auto crash scene.
  • Skeleton game. Drag the bone to the right area of the body. Explore the site to try many other games.
  • Blood typing game. Figure out each patient’s blood type and give them the right transfusion before it’s too late. Simple graphics but compelling situation.

Simulations

  • The Great Flu. Choose a flu and try to prevent it from becoming a global pandemic.
  • Many simulations of health and disaster scenarios.
  • Bricks or Clicks. You’re the CEO of a toy manufacturer about to launch an online sales channel. Mix of text and interactive graphics.
  • Lead an army troop. You’re a junior-level officer in charge of a battalion in a country like Iraq or Afghanistan. Third-person, highly produced video simulation.
  • The POD Game. Dispense drugs and medical advice to people during an emergency.
  • Airport security. You’re an airport screener. Can you correctly identify risky items hidden in baggage? Uses actual X-ray images of dangerous devices.
  • Trade Ruler Game. Simulates international trade. Simple graphics but complex topic.
  • Aftermarket profit potential. Read a paper about the aftermarket profit potential for products and services, then experiment with several types of offerings.
  • Nursing simulation. You’re a nurse and need to make decisions about two patients.
  • Global warming simulation. You’re in charge of development decisions in Brazil. The decisions you make speed or slow global warming.
  • Manage the budget of France. French-language simulation that requires you to balance the country’s budget and win parliamentary approval.
  • Virtual Trader. Practice trading stocks under real market conditions.