There’s a new math and science game available on GameUp! In Refraction, students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to explore light refraction and apply knowledge of fractional concepts during online gameplay.
Refraction is an online puzzle game in which the player must partition lasers in order to power spaceships containing various animals who have gotten stuck in space. These animal spaceships all require different fractions of the lasers, and the player is given several pieces that split and bend the lasers to reach the animals and satisfy these requirements. These mechanics can be used to teach many important fraction concepts, such as equal partitioning, addition, multiplication, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and common denominators.
Check out the demonstration video below to see the game in action:
You can use BrainPOP’s Light, Fractions, and Refraction and Diffraction movies to help your students build background knowledge prior to game play. A complete lesson plan for the game is also available on BrainPOP, or visit The Center for Game Science to see more related resources.