As teachers, we recognize the importance of budget when trying to use games in the classroom. Good news! There are quite a few FREE print-and-play STEM games that can be incorporated into your K-12 lesson plans!
Here we assemble a list of quality free print-and-play board and card games that are verified by actual STEM teachers. Hope you enjoy!
- Genetics card game
- Catlilli Games
- Commissioned by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Designed by Jon Nardolilli, Developed by Catherine Croft, Ph.D.
Power Plants is a card game designed to teach the basics of genetics, inheritance and variation of traits. The object of the game is to breed your potato plant with other player’s to create a “power potato plant” with different characteristics & strengths.
Storyline: Twenty years ago, an earthquake destroyed the worldas we knew it, but humans lived on. Your family and neighbors havelived off of potatoesfor decades, and now your food supply is strong enough to begin experimenting to make a better potato plant for a better tomorrow.What will your power potato plant look like?
Jelly Bear Island
- Evolution board game
- Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR)
This evolution board game is beloved by all teachers and students in our Bio department. If I’m walking down the hall and hear exclamations of laughter, it’s sure to be Jelly Bear Island! Beautiful board and adorable bears with cards.