Exotrex2: the Scientific Space Adventure Continues!

Exotrex 2 is a beautifully rendered, STEM focused game that will challenge and engage your 8th – 10th grade science students.

STORY:  Life on Earth is no longer sustainable and your mission is to find a new home for humanity.  Gameplay begins as you arrive at the Mars orbital station, ready to put the astronaut training from Exotrex 1 into practice.  Begin Exotrex 2 by exploring an in-depth solar system map to learn about the planets, moons and asteroids as well as their relative distances from each other.  The solar system map hosts three missions to explore Mercury, Venus and Titan. Demonstrate your resourcefulness and find that new home for humanity.

FOR EDUCATORS:  While completing these missions, students will start by balancing speed, thrust, and acceleration while navigating gravitational fields to successfully land rovers on their chosen planet or moon.  They will remotely navigate their rovers to collect ground and atmospheric samples and later analyze them for their chemical compositions.  Students will also learn about the planetary characteristics of each destination and take observational notes.  No space mission would be complete without a life-threatening emergency and Exotrex2 delivers!  Students will be challenged to reboot their life-support systems while engaging with thermal, kinetic and electrical energies in a race against time!

The ExoTrex™ game has a series of fun facts on chemistry and planetary science presented by the character Dr. Burke during the game play.  These fun facts with the voice over by Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi are a great way to engage the classroom on a daily basis when preparing to use the game or in your lesson planning.  You can view them all on our YouTube Fun Facts Playlist

Grades: 8th-10th
Platform: Web-based game supported on all browsers
Key Features:
Open-ended solar system map and Distance Simulator – Use for demonstration purposes or assign students to explore on their own.
Aligned to NGSS Standards.
Narrative long-form version corresponds to lesson plan support.
All mini games can be accessed through Missions option for repeated play and practice.
Engaging animated transition videos.
Curricular Supports Download the following materials to aid in your integration of Exotrex2 into your course of study. Download the entire library of supporting materials here!

Every ExoTrex™ purchase contributes to our “Get One, Give One” summer learning loss prevention program, #GOGOLEARN: for every game you get, we give a game to an underserved student. Click here to learn more.

This game is compatible on most recent HTML 5 browsers.  It has been tested on the following desktop/laptop browsers:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari (on Mac computers)

Chromebook compatible: Yes

Mobile Device compatibility using mobile browsers:

  • Ipad Series 3 : Yes
  • Ipad Series 2:  No
  • Iphone: No
  • Android tablets: Tested on Kitkat device

 

Standards:
Next Generation Science Standards

MS-PS-1.1 Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
MS-PS-2.1 – Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
MS-PS-2.4 Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.
MS-PS-3.4 Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.
MS-ESS – 1.3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
MS-ESS – 2.4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
Common Core State ELA Standards  
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1  Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

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