PBS Kids Cyberchase offers dozens of online and offline mathematics games and activities for students. The collection of more than forty online games are designed to make students think about patterns and use logic to solve challenges. The offline activities use the same model, but are designed for hands-on offline learning.
The highlight of the Cyberchase online activities are the “quest” activities in which students have to solve problems as along a journey as they work toward a goal. For example, in Mission Motherboard students have to solve problems to earn money that they then use to buy parts to fix a motherboard. Not all of the games are as time intensive as Mission Motherboard. A quick activity is the Virtual Coin Flip. The Virtual Coin Flip teaches students a short lesson in probability. There is a supplementary explanatory video to go along with each game in the Cyberchase online activities.
Applications for Education
The large selection of online activities available on Cyberchase makes it a good resource to use in a classroom where you have groups of students working on different skills at the same time. I really like the quest activities because they provide a nice game environment in which students are working toward a goal through the use of their problem solving skills.