Professor Noggin’s Earth Science Card Game
This month’s game is Professor Noggin’s Earth Science Card Game by Outset Media. It is a trivia game played with cards, for two or more players, ages 7 and up. The cards are decorated with colorful, painted illustrations, and appealing, easy to read type faces.
The cards have questions about different Earth Science topics. Each card has questions aimed at different difficulty levels, so kids of different ages can play together. The players challenge each other with questions about topics like atmosphere, oceans, rain, peninsulas, hurricanes, metamorphic rock, continental drift, and more. (scroll down.)
How it Works
For every right answer, the card is given to the player who answered correctly. Each card counts as one point, and the person with the most cards at the end of the deck wins. People alternate turns, asking the question to the person to their right. If an answer is incorrect, the card gets moved to the bottom of the pile. Eventually it will be picked again. The game continues until all the cards run out.
By playing Professor Noggin’s Earth Science Card Game, people learn a lot of scientific terms, as they discover things about the earth’s history and physical features of the environment.
Playing this game led to my taking an interest in some real life events close to where I live, such as the clean-up of one of the most polluted lakes in the United States, Onondaga Lake.
I was in 5th grade when I first started playing this game, and now I am in 10th grade. While I have moved onto some other games, it is still fun to play this one with my younger brother. Because the Earth Science Card Game has different difficulty levels, it can accommodate a range of ages of players. I think kids in 5th through 9th grades would enjoy this game most.On a scale of one to ten, with one being a horrible game, and ten being the best game ever, this game would rate about a 6.5.
Professor Noggin’s Earth Science Card Game is great for the environment, itself, because it requires no electricity and no batteries, so it’s very energy efficient to use. You can play it at home or away when you are off the grid, such as in on a train or car or when camping. It costs nothing to maintain. Also, because it is made of paper, it probably can be composted at the end of its useful life as a game. Professor Noggin’s Earth Science Card Game is manufactured in Canada, and shipped by truck to many locations around the United States. That’s the least energy efficient step in the game’s life, because many trucks use fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
Recognizing that the Earth is our home and we need to take care of it, my family and I do our best to make environmentally friendly choices like using LED lights, conserving water, not idling the car, and saving the air conditioner for use only on really hot days. We even had solar panels installed on our house to increase our use of renewable energy! I plan to study engineering and space technology after high school.Matthew, Mainstream Green’s Environmental Game Reviewer.
All drawings and art depicted in this review are owned by and © by Outset Media. Shown here with kind permission.