Wake: Tales from the Aqualab
Deals with biodiversity // biology // botany // chemistry // ecology // evolution // experimental design // experimental methods // plants // science // zoology
  Experimentation, Modeling, Argumentation
Intended for middle school // high school
Available on Web
Cost free
Developed by Field Day Learning Games (external)
Website at https://fielddaylab.wisc.edu/play/wake/ (external)
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Wake: Tales from the Aqualab

Play as a young scientist faced with scientific challenges across multiple oceanic ecosystems. Made in partnership with Harvard and the Penn Center for Learning Analytics. Funding provided by NSF

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Fun Aquatic Game!

February 26, 2024



This was a very cool game! I loved the topic of underwater habitats, the species that inhabit them, and how each affected one another. The game mechanics were a little tough to get at first, but with prompts, once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty smoothly. This game is an awesome representation of aquatic environments. I was thrilled that the first mission was a kelp forest with sea otters because they are my favorite animal! The game makes you work through the scientific method and only allows you to make conclusions after experimenting to find the results. I think it’s not only great for learning about aquatic environments, but also a good overview of the scientific method. The story is engaging enough that I wanted to keep progressing through the story. It had enough storyline to supplement the learning portion. Definitely worth playing!

Fun rating: 3 out of 5

Learning rating: 4 out of 5

Science rating: 5 out of 5


12 / 15

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February 18, 2024



This was a fun game to play. It's a little clunky to go through the play and conversations and maneuver between things, which made it take time to play. But I was invested in finishing the game. There was a mystery to solve woven through while you went through jobs. The jobs themselves were fun and got more detailed. I appreciated the need to collect data, find parameters, and use tools to model. I wish it could have been accomplished a little easier when needing to do multiple species data, without having to continually click on the add water and find the site, etc. When you get very lost in what you should do there are helpful prompts, but occasionally I did get frustrated!

It's also nice that progress is saved so you can leave the game and return later without starting over!

Fun rating: 4 out of 5

Learning rating: 5 out of 5

Science rating: 5 out of 5


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