Talking to kids about climate change can be a challenge—not only are big concepts like greenhouse gases and melting sea ice difficult to explain because we can’t observe them every day, but the problem can seem so big that kids (and even adults!) feel overwhelmed and hopeless.
But iBiome-Arctic is here to help, with fun lessons that teach kids the science behind climate change and empower them to see how their own actions can change the planet for the better.
In this app, kids ages nine to 11 become researchers, conducting virtual experiments in the Arctic. Mini-games help them engage with scientific concepts. For instance, a game where you slide carbon dioxide around to let balls of energy pass by helps to demonstrate both how heat energy reflects off sea ice and how heat can be trapped in the atmosphere by greenhouse gases.
Another activity, where kids experiment with what happens to the Earth when more of us recycle, helps motivate them to take action.
A friendly character named Professor Bio guides them through each task, and rewards them for completing games with titbits of information about the environment, plus new species to add to their collection as they build their own mini habitat.
There’s no doubt they’ll have fun, but they’ll also be encouraged to bring their learnings to life. Kids can create their own eco-footprint goals and track their impact within the app. Before you know it, they’ll be teaching you about the environment—and helping to create a better future for us all.