Ask A Biologist: Games & Simulations

Sometimes the best way to learn biology is by playing a game or using a simulation.

For this reason some of our stories and activities include companion games. Here is list of our current collection of fun biology games. Please note that these biology games are now in HTML5 and are no longer require Flash. We hope you enjoy them.

Bee Waggle Dance Game

Play the Bee Dance Game

Did you know that honey bee workers tell their sisters where to find the best flowers and nectar with a dance? It is called the waggle dance. You can now learn the dance and find out if you have what it takes to be a bee.

To learn more about honey bees, visit our story Bee Bonanza

Beetle Dissection

Explore the Beetle Dissection

The outside of beetles can be shiny, dull, or extremely colorful. But what is going on inside of beetles? Take a virtual look inside the body of a beetle with this Beetle Dissection Tool.

Explore on your own or follow our Beetle Dissection Activity. Visit Beetle Dissection Central for more.

Busy Bones

Explore the Bone Anatomy Viewer

Ever wonder what’s inside your bones? Here’s your chance to find out! Dissect a virtual bone and learn about the busy world of bones. You can saw, cut away layers, scoop, and zoom into the different parts of a bone.

To learn more, visit Busy Bones.

Cell Parts Game

Explore the Cell Viewer Game

Cells are the basic building blocks of life, but what all do cells hold? You can now look inside of cells to learn more about their parts in our Cell Viewer.

To learn more about cells and cell parts, visit Building Blocks of Life for more of the story.

Also in: Suomi

COVID SIM Pandemic Simulation

Explore COVID SIM.

In the COVID-19 pandemic, how much does wearing masks and distancing matter? How important is it to get vaccinated? You can now explore and visualize these questions as you figure out how you could slow the pandemic.

To learn the latest about the COVID vaccines, the number of people who have been vaccinated, and more, visit our story page COVID-19 Vaccines.

Doctor Know

Play Doctor Know

Play doctor in the 21st century! Practice modern medicine by examining all dimensions of the body, from organs to molecules, as an interconnected system in Doctor Know. Use innovative tests and treatments to heal your patients in this medicine-based game.

To learn more, visit the Doctor Know Companion Section.

Frankenstein’s Lab

Play Frankenstein’s Lab.

Dr. Frankenstein needs your help to learn about how the bodies of different animals work! Build your own creature from 3-D printed animal parts and learn why some parts match up, but others don’t in this physiology game.

Learn more about our tools that explore how animal bodies work at Frankenstein Central.

Monster Maker

Play Monster Maker

Build your own monster by decoding the monster genome in Monster Maker, a DNA game. It is not very different from what happens in every living thing, using the tiny instruction manual called DNA, found in each of your cells. Decode the pattern of colored dots to see parts of your monster appear.

To learn more, visit Monster Manual.

Also in: Español

Nano Building

Play the Bionanoengineering Game.

Basic building patterns can be used to think about how technologies are built at the nano-scale. Try your hand at building specific patterns, or explore how blocks can be used to make many different shapes in this bioengineering game.

To learn more about bioengineering, visit our story Nature’s Tiny Machines.

Picking off the Peppered Moth

Play the Peppered Moths Game

Get your beaks ready, it’s moth-hunting time. In the Peppered Moths Game, you take on the role of the hunter and learn at least one reason why you might eat one moth instead of another.

Learn more about associated stories and lessons at Picking off the Peppered Moths.

Also in: Español | Français

Skeleton Viewer

Explore the Skeleton Viewer

To explore the bones of the human skeleton, check out our Skeleton Viewer. Take a look further inside of a bone with our Bone Anatomy Viewer.

To learn more about bones, visit Busy Bones.

Using the Scientific Method to Solve Mysteries

Play the Training Room Escape Game

Put your detective skills to the test! Use the scientific method and your problem solving abilities to find clues and escape. Explore our Training Room and see what other interesting things await you.

To learn more, visit Using the Scientific Method to Solve Mysteries.

Using the Scientific Method: The Case of the Mystery Images

Play The Case of the Mystery Images

Looking for another detective assignment? Practice all the new detective skills you learned in the Training Room Escape by solving The Case of the Mystery Images.

To learn more, visit Using the Scientific Method to Solve Mysteries.

Venom!

Play the Venom! Game

The shape of a molecule is very important. It’s what makes it possible for proteins to interact with other parts of the cell. In this invader game, you will defend the cells of the body against molecules of scorpion venom using antivenom.

To learn more, visit our story, Venom!

Virtual Reality Tours of Biology

Explore our Virtual Tours.

See the world of biology through virtual tours. Visit different environments, travel through time, take a look inside a bee colony, or observe feeding hummingbirds.


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