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Anti-Virus Mutation

Lower Age: 7+
Website: http://www.smartgamesusa.com/anti-virus-mutation
Price: $14.99
Year Added: 2016
Anti-Virus Mutation

Anti-Virus Mutation challenges children to think critically about a problem and find a solution within the context of eradicating a virus. This game comes with a game board, six differently shaped mutation pieces, and a booklet with 60 challenges. The game board can be converted into a carrying case for easy storage or travel. The goal of the game is for players to “get rid of the red virus” by clearing a path through the other pieces so that the red piece can be slid off of the board. The challenge booklet gives the starting locations for all of the pieces and the levels vary in difficulty, starting with easy and advancing to expert. By increasing the difficulty as the levels increase, users progressively face more difficult challenges and continually improve their understanding to master the skills required to solve the puzzle. This game promotes engineering thinking and design by providing children with a problem (removing the virus) and constraints (must slide the pieces, can’t hit the other pieces). In addition, children need to use spatial reasoning and creative thinking in order to complete the challenges by manipulating the uniquely-shaped pieces.

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Plan the solution, try the solution

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, criteria, constraints

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Spatial reasoning, creative thinking, problem solving, logical reasoning

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews:

    • Rating: 4.67 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: “A new, less limited form of Rush Hour type things, so it is more fun.” “I liked that it was challenging and fun.” “It involved thinking.”

  • Parents Reviews:

    • Rating: 4 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: “I like how the game incorporated the science concept of a virus and combined it with a logical thinking game. The fact that it progressed in difficulty kept my child thinking.”

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews:

    • Rating: 3 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: “I appreciated that the levels increased in difficulty – providing some scaffolding.”