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Classroom game: dominoes

While teaching yesterday, I came up with an idea for a game. I warned the students that, since I had literally just come up with it, it might be a complete flop. However, I took a vote at the end of the lesson and my students all agreed that this was a game worth sharing with others.

How to play Dominoes:

  1. Students choose two words from a set list. (My students chose adjectives to describe themselves, but you could use just about anything, from maths problems to historically significant events!)
  2. Students have to move around the room looking for people who match one of their words. When they find someone, they link arms. Each person then needs to find someone who matches their second word.


Greg’s two words are short and loud.





Greg asks people in the class if they have chosen the words “short” or “loud”. Greg finds out that Blake has “short” as one of his words, so they link arms.






Now, Greg has to find someone with the word “loud” while Blake has to find someone with the word “happy”.





When one group has formed a chain of 5 or more people, tell the class that they have 1 minute left. The group with the longest chain wins.

Bonus challenge:

As a class, try to create the largest circle possible by having two end people link arms.

World Science Festival Brisbane 2017

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I had a blast filming at the 2017 World Science Festival in Brisbane. Highlights include seeing baby turtles, dancing with mad scientists and watching Science Steve create a toilet paper missile launcher! #WSFBrisbane #WSF2017

Quote of the Day:

“We need to teach kids these days not just content, but it’s the thinking, it’s the lifelong learning, it’s the ability to problem solve, to be able to manage with whatever problems our communities are going to deal with in the future, and that’s the scientists and the engineers who are going to solve those problems. That’s why we need kids engaged in science now, ready for the future.” – Steve Liddell from Street Science

The Voyage game walkthrough

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Can you keep a convict ship afloat long enough to reach Australia? That’s what you’ll have to do in this awesome, edu-game called The Voyage.

I had so much fun playing this game! I love the funny yet historical animations and the wide variety of decisions you need to make in order to succeed. I needed to play a couple of times to get the hang of it and there were a few bugs when I played on my laptop but on my iPad it worked perfectly. My favourite mini game was catching flying fish!


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