A blinking red-eyed tree frog and flitting butterfly greet visitors to the new NASA Climate Kids website. Targeting grades 4–6, this kid-friendly guide de-mystifies one of the most important science issues of our time.
The site answers the “Big Questions” about global climate change using simple illustrations, humor, interactivity, and ageappropriate language. For example, one interactive feature is the Climate Time Machine, which reveals how global changes have affected or will affect our planet over time. Climate Tales has animal cartoon characters coping — more or less good humoredly — with the effects humans are having on their habitats. A collection of Earthscience-related games offers such experiences as Wild Weather Adventure and Missions to Planet Earth. A Green Careers section profiles real people doing jobs that help slow climate change.
The newest game on NASA’s Climate Kids web site lets you harness the wind and the sun and power up a whole town without creating any pollution or greenhouse gases. In Power Up!, your progressive town gets all its energy from wind turbines and solar panels. You have just two minutes to capture enough wind and solar energy to light up all the windows in all the houses of the town. If you succeed, you win the Platinum Award for clean energy. If just a few windows are still dark, you win the Gold. Silver and Bronze Awards are good, but you’ll learn to do even better.
Try this fun new game at http://climate.nasa.gov/kids/powerupcleanly.
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