A Great Way to Make Science Fun

A Great Way to Make Science Fun

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You’ve probably come to realize we like to push the envelope with games and projects for our girls. We’re firm believers that there is a solid place in the world of math, science and engineering for both sexes. Whether they’re learning to compose their own music, building objects to save us from zombies or streaming educational documentaries on Netflix, we try to keep them engaged with new challenges and experiences in areas not traditionally considered a “girl thing”.

Both of my daughters (11 and 12) have been bringing home science homework that I remember doing in high school. I guess it is good they’re being introduced to more advanced topics earlier, but it sure does make it difficult to help them with their assignments when I can barely remember what I had for breakfast. What if there was a way for us ALL to learn at the same time, and while playing a game? That’s exactly what we found in this very cool card game from Genius Games – Peptide: A Protein Building Game!

Don’t let the heavy science theme fool you; underneath it all Peptide is an enjoyable card game that will also teach you a bit about amino acids and peptide chains.

We're always looking for fun ways to introduce STEM lessons, and Peptide by Genius Games allowed us to review things our girls currently study in science. - SahmReviews.com

Peptide is designed for 2-6 players, ages 13+ and estimated to take around 30-45 minutes, but really should be able to be enjoyed by kids as young as 10. The game is playable even if you don’t have a prior grasp of the chemistry behind the game and will familiarize your child with the terminology they’ll encounter very shortly in their science classes.

We're always looking for fun ways to introduce STEM lessons, and Peptide by Genius Games allowed us to review things our girls currently study in science. - SahmReviews.com

The play area is set up with draw piles for Amino Acids, RNA Cards and Organelles. Each round a number of Organelle cards are dealt out equal to twice the number of players. Every player in turn chooses one of the available cards, then a second after everyone has received their first. These cards represent actions to take, so you will be limited in your choices depending on which cards are dealt.

We're always looking for fun ways to introduce STEM lessons, and Peptide by Genius Games allowed us to review things our girls currently study in science. - SahmReviews.com

As an example, the Mitochondria awards you with two ATP energy tokens. Choosing the Nucleus allows you to either select one face-up RNA card, or draw two from the pile and keep one (discarding the other).

We're always looking for fun ways to introduce STEM lessons, and Peptide by Genius Games allowed us to review things our girls currently study in science. - SahmReviews.com

The AminoAcyl card requires you to pay two ATP tokens, but allows you to draw two Amino Acid cards, selecting one to keep and putting the other back on top of the pile. These cards have a ‘recipe’ on them which you are trying to complete and gain their corresponding victory points.

We're always looking for fun ways to introduce STEM lessons, and Peptide by Genius Games allowed us to review things our girls currently study in science. - SahmReviews.com

Once you have collected the correct RNA cards to complete the recipe on the Amino Acid card, you will then need to get your hands on a Ribosome card (twice). Once to place it in your chain, the second time to score it (discard the RNA cards and flip over the Amino Acid card).

We're always looking for fun ways to introduce STEM lessons, and Peptide by Genius Games allowed us to review things our girls currently study in science. - SahmReviews.com

Have I lost you yet? Don’t worry, thanks to handy ‘cheat’ cards, you will always have your options available to you at your fingertips.

We're always looking for fun ways to introduce STEM lessons, and Peptide by Genius Games allowed us to review things our girls currently study in science. - SahmReviews.com

Ultimately you’re trying to complete as many of these acids to form a Peptide Chain. The longer your chain, the more points it will be worth at the end. Certain acids are more difficult to collect, so are accordingly worth more victory points.

Peptide can be boiled down to a recipe-collection game, but one that requires good money management (and a bit of luck of the draw). The biology is presented in a way that is not overwhelming, but also not dumbed-down. Getting a feeling of how the RNA Translation process works and using the correct terminology should be the ultimate goal with Peptide. The kids (and you) won’t even realize you’re learning!

For under $25, you get both a well-done card drafting game and a learning tool for everyone in the family. This would make a fantastic gift for the budding scientist or for someone who already has their PhD. Genius Games has a number of other science-related titles to fit almost every field of study. Whether you want to build compounds or molecules or play around with DNA, you should be able to find a perfect theme for yourself or family member. Be sure to follow Genius Games on Facebook and Twitter to see what their next “experiment” will be!

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

17 comments on «A Great Way to Make Science Fun»

  1. Ronnie says:

    Wish I had these for my science classes! They would be so much fun & help kids learn. I’ll pass it on to my friend Ave, who is a science teacher.

    1. Scott says:

      It is our understanding there are many teachers using this in the classroom. I wish my science teacher (back in the 80’s) had access to something like this. It might have kept me awake!

  2. Michele says:

    Now I’ve heard it all–a card game that may help you learn about DNA, RNA etc–where was this when i was taking bio and chem in college!!

  3. Stephen says:

    I am a big fan of getting kids interested in sciences, making it fun usually helps. I’ll have to try and remember to search out something like this once my kids are old enough.

  4. Liz Mays says:

    If I play this game, it will make all those hours of learning the terms pay off, right? I knew it would come in handy one day!

  5. LaVonne says:

    Making a game out of Science is such a great idea. Some might find the content dry when learning it in a more traditional way. Using a game to teach it? Genius! 😉

  6. Maggie C says:

    I really could have used this game in college! So cool that game manufacturers are realizing how to make learning fun.

  7. Lisa B says:

    My step son would really enjoy this, actually! I might have to grab it for him! Anything to get him off the ipod, too!

  8. Aubrey says:

    I have a child that loves science. I should get him this game.

    1. I’m so happy to see so many people excited about my game! I’ve been teaching chemistry, biology and physics for sometime and have always LOVED board games. Then noticed how much my friends remembered about these SciFi worlds within the games we would play, and they weren’t even real worlds. I thought it would be incredible to get my students motivated to learn like that. And now it’s on Sahm Reviews! So happy to see that!

  9. Denise C says:

    We love board games, and it’s a huge bonus when they incorporate learning. I love the idea of this.

  10. I’ve never heard of this game before. I think children learn better when they’re having fun so this would be great for kids learning that material in school.

  11. Vera Sweeney says:

    I love games that help kids learn at the same time. Science can be a hard subject to grasp this would be a great way to help kids learn.

  12. SUSAN says:

    I would love for my daughter to have a game like this in science class… I am sure it is so much fun, a great way to have fun as you learn.

  13. diane says:

    Both of my kids (and their parents!) are science geeks. They would love this!

  14. James says:

    Great ideas here!

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