Science Score is an animated interactive science quiz bank presented in a virtual world interface. Children love virtual world and the fun element that goes with it. At the same time we wanted their time before computer to be usefully spent for gaining positive learning outcomes and improving their knowledge. Hence we blended the two ideas together to deliver an innovative and unique experience where children test and improve their science knowledge the fun way.
Every user starts playing with Science Score by choosing a monkey avatar (called as Poskey) and enters a virtual world exploring the many activities designed there. Children are encouraged to do science quizzes to earn reward points which are then used to buy virtual accessories to dress up Poskey, decorate their virtual home and engage in other fun activities.
Science Score is designed for children in the age group of 8yrs – 12 years. These are children typically studying Primary 3 – Primary 6 levels. The quizzes have been designed for this age group. However it is open to all children who want to test their science knowledge in a fun way.
Science Score can be used by all children from all countries. Although the quizzes in Science Score are benchmarked with Singapore science curriculum, science knowledge and facts apply universally and do not change country to country. Most topics covered have curriculum alignment with many countries we have looked at.
Children can enjoy the playful experience, joyfully gain substantial science knowledge and take on their exams with confidence without ever feeling the drudgery they mentally associate with academic learning.
A lot of quizzes are designed to strengthen "higher order thinking skills" and improve overall IQ & exam performance.
Science exams in most countries require children to answer either objective type question or open ended descriptive questions or a combination of both. Science Score quizzes cover both objective and open ended type assessment questions.
Children can take either graded quizzes (like mock test) or simply practice until they get the answer right. The choices mean that children can make mistakes and learn in the process without being afraid to do so.
When practicing on multiple choice questions, they can get hints and get concise explanations and reasoning behind right and wrong answers.
Children can learn how to effectively write good answers to open ended questions.
An exhaustive science dictionary is built in to allow kids to search and look up meanings for any word/phrase that they don't understand.
The most favourite computer activity for children is chatting and playing games. Although such activities are entertaining and attractive to kids, it takes their focus away from useful learning. This has always bothered responsible parents. Science Score has made a pioneering attempt to make learning into a playful experience by delivering elearning benefits through a fun filled virtual world environment.
Avatars, chat, games and the like are very popular with kids. If kids have to be lured into learning, we have to deliver the experience that closely aligns with things that they are interested in. We have taken utmost care to ensure that the learning objectives are met while presenting the whole experience in a fun format.
Anyone can join for free and play with Science Score. They can move around the virtual world, take quizzes and earn rewards. However free users will not have all the privileges of paying members (ex: using the reward points to buy accessories, dressing up their Poskey, decorating their home and so on)
Memberships have been priced to be very affordable. Monthly subscriptions cost S$9.95 (approx US$6/month). Six month and one year memberships are priced much lower. Memberships can be purchased online and multiple payment options are available (credit card, paypal, cheque, money order etc).
Science Score relies mainly on subscriptions to fund its operations. Building technology solutions costs substantial time and money. Some sites use advertisement based revenue models, but we stayed away from it, as we wanted to deliver utmost safety to the kids online experience.
As with many things in life, useful precautions always help. More so when kids are exposed to Internet. We have been obsessed with safety when designing this site, so kids are guaranteed to be safe using Science Score. However as a matter of abundant precaution, we would encourage parents to be aware of certain do's and don'ts when exposing kids to the Internet. Here are some basics of online safety for kids:
Get to know the sites your child visits.
If you don't know how to log on, get your child to show you. Find out what types of information it offers and whether there are ways for parents to block out objectionable material.
Tell your child to never give out personally identifiable information such as home.
We have taken a voluntary accreditation from TrustSg which audits our site on various parameters including online safety, privacy protection etc.
To make the chat feature in the virtual world safe, we have created 2 chat options: Ultra safe chat and Standard safe chat. In the ultra safe chat mode, kids will have to select predefined words and phrases and cannot type anything. In the standard safe chat mode, sophisticated filters are there which blocks inappropriate words and phrases.
In spite of all the precautions we have taken, occasionally some comments could slip through that could be offensive or objectionable to some users. We have moderators monitoring chat messages and would take appropriate action on users who abuse, including banning them from using the service. Any objectionable behaviour can be reported to our moderators by clicking on moderator button appearing on the top panel.