Invention at Play: Educational Games

Invention at Play

101 Days of Free Tech for Teachers, Day 16
Encourage innovation and creativity with Invention at Play. This site offers a treasure trove of DIY activities and educational games that are geared towards the science and engineering subject areas. Teachers can use these activities in classroom labs to stimulate the inventive side of their students and get them more engaged in the STEM disciplines.  Invention at Play also includes various archives and stories of past inventions and their inventors so students can be inspired and see how they can use, and contribute to, the STEM subjects areas.

How We Decide Which Free Tech Tools to Feature
Yup, there are thousands of apps, tools, services, websites, and other offerings — many free — designed for teachers and students.  So, how do we sort through all of those to feature the ones which are most useful and interesting?  Well… we start by sorting through thousands of these things… then we talk to the presenters in the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community and watch their videos closely… then we talk to many of the members in the Teacher Learning Community, teachers just like you who are using these apps and tools day in and day out.  We've been doing this for over 30 years and have, in that time, developed a sense for what's good and bad.  Have we missed something that we should feature here?  Most certainly.  So, let us know in the Comments section what we should take a look at and we'll throw 'em into the hopper.

Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at  She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms.  If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to