Games & Simulations about Weather, Climate & the Atmosphere

Games & Simulations about Weather, Climate & the Atmosphere

This page is a directory of games, simulations, and virtual labs for Weather, Climate and Atmospheric Science Education. This page is a sub-section of Randy Russell's larger collection of links to games, simulations, and virtual labs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education in general.

Bill Nye's Climate Lab

Bill Nye's Climate Lab
  • Description: climate science games and simulations from Bill Nye the Science Guy and Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • URL: www.billsclimatelab.org
  • Creators: Bill Nye and the Chabot Space & Science Center
  • Cost: free

COMET Program (UCAR)

COMET

Hurricane Strike!

Hurricane Strike!

Disaster Dynamics: Hurricane Landfall

Disaster Dynamic: Hurrican Landfall

EdGCM

EdGCM
  • Description: a research-grade Global Climate Model (GCM) with a user-friendly interface that is suitable for use by students and can be run on a desktop computer.
  • URL: edgcm.columbia.edu
  • Creators: Columbia University (New York)
  • Cost: single user license $249, various prices for more copies (e.g. $49 each for 50+ copies); free demo and 30-day trial versions available.

Gizmos

Gizmos - Coastal Winds and Clouds

Global Carbon Budget app

Global Carbon Budget app

The Jason Project: Digital Labs and Games

Jason - StormTracker

NASA's Climate Kids web site, games section

NASA - Power Up

Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project

Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project

NOAA Games "Planet Arcade"

NOAA Games Planet Arcade - Jason Lightning and Thunder
  • Description: a large collection (26+ items as of January 2012) of games and puzzles from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the EPA, PBS, and the Jason Project.
  • URL: games.noaa.gov
  • Creators: NOAA Ocean Service Education
  • Cost: free

PhET (Physics Education Technology)

PhET - Glacier
  • Description: a large collection of Flash and Java-based simulations covering a range of scientific disciplines and mathematics. The main focus is physics for college students, but the project has expanded into chemistry, biology, and Earth science. Many of the sims are suitable for K-12 audiences.
  • URL: phet.colorado.edu
  • Creator: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Cost: free

Spark Games, Simulations and Virtual Labs

Spark Games and Simulations

WeatherWise (WXWISE)

WeatherWise
  • Description: large collection of Java applets covering weather-related topics. Categories include: storms, temperature, humidity, precipitation, wind, clouds, radiation, climate, basic meteorology, and miscellaneous and non-meteorology.
  • URL: profhorn.meteor.wisc.edu/wxwise
  • Creators: Steve Ackerman and Tom Whittaker
  • Cost: free

SimScientists

WestEd SimScientists
  • Description: six simulations, developed for educational research, spanning three middle school science disciplines. Life Science - "Ecosystems" and "Cells and Human Body Systems". Physical Science - "Atoms & Molecules" and "Forces & Motion". Earth Science - "Climate" and "Plate Tectonics".
  • URL: simscientists.org
  • Creators: WestEd - a non-profit educational research organization
  • Cost: contact WestEd - I think they are only currently distributing to field testers.

The Science of Atoms and Molecules (SAM) Project

Concord Consortium - The Science of Atoms and Molecules
  • Description: 24 activities across the fields of physics, chemistry, and biology covering the science of atoms and molecules. Simulations are embedded in the activities.
  • URL: sam.concord.org/activities
  • Creators: The Concord Consortium
  • Cost: free

SciGames.org

SciGames.org

Weather and Climate Applets from CIMSS

WeatherWise Grow Snow Crystal

Y Science Laboratories

Y Science Laboratories
  • Description: extensive virtual labs for Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and Biology. Chemistry labs include gas laws and similar experiments related to atmospheric sciences.
  • URL: yscience.byu.edu
  • Creators: Brigham Young University
  • Cost: commercial products, available via Pearson.
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