Serious (but fun) science Gmes
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My wife is thinking of starting a science club at her high school. She wants it to be fun and not too heavy (the heavy bit can be done in class) with the kids picking up ideas about science without realising it. One of her thoughts is to introduce a few games that may help

Because time is limited the must be dead simple to explain/learn

I've included two games which may fit the bill but please add any others that may work
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I simple balancing game that will introduce gravity, friction type thigies
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2. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1419]
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Never played this but it looks good as introducing magnatisim
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3. Board Game: Eleusis [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2764]
Pat Wilz
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This card game was invented to simulate the scientific method.
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4. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1052]
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Lasers and Mirrors and the expansion Khet: Eye of Horus Beam Splitter seems pretty science like.
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5. Board Game: Insecta [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4981]
Tim Deagan
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Austin
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has been reprinted by Fat Messiah Games. Good science driving a good game.
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Tim Deagan
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A tad hard to find, but worth it for the ultra-geek super-nerd science gamer. Build up through the (brutally written) ruleset to eventually do full propositional Calculus.

More fun than it looks or sounds, from the point where kids can recognize letters up through university, this is a fantastic way to teach/learn logic.
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Tim Deagan
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I'm heartbroken to have missed this short run of 200, but perhaps if we all believe hard enough and clap our hands, they'll run up another set.
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8. Board Game: The Periodic Table Tiles [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I have no idea how to find this, but it fits the list
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Not a great game, but decent for introducing the planets to a younger audience. Playable.
 
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Tim Thorp
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This teaches basic princioles of evolution.
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11. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:499]
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like Eleusis, this game simulates the scientific method (induction). I think of all the different things that one can learn about science from a game, this is far and away the most important. Other games can teach facts and expose players to interesting phenomena (like Polarity), but induction is the essence of science. "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish..."

see my review for a more extensive discussion of zendo-as-science:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1363713#1363713

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Continental Drift! Its a bit abstract when you get down to it, but theme and artwork is quite nice! And Dino-Meeples to boot!
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Haven't played it yet, but just heard about it on the DiceTower podcast...sounds fun.
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I think this may be bordering more on the ridiculous than serious, but its premise of working characteristics down the family tree sounds fun. Dunno how useful it is for teachers tho...
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where it all started!
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There's a lot to learn about evolution here.
 
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