Games and Simulations

The UCAR Center for Science Education has a collection of games and simulations related to weather, climate, atmospheric science, and space weather education. Test your knowledge with one of our games or gain a deeper understanding of earth science through a simulation.

Atmospheric Chemistry Memory Game

Test your memory while you learn about the chemistry of Earth's atmosphere! 

Choose Our Future

Explore how everyday those choices add up to make your carbon footprint, and what the effect would be on the climate if everybody acted the same way as you in the future.

Climate Sensitivity Calculator

This simple interactive shows how Earth's temperature rises as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases.

Cloud Matching Game

How well can you identify cloud types? Try this matching game and test your skill!

Cloud Sorting Game

Sort photos of clouds by altitude, by composition, and into groups based on whether they are smooth or turbulent.

Clouds Memory Game

Test your memory while you learn about clouds! Click on tiles to reveal photos of clouds - and try to find a matching pair.

Compare IPCC Scenarios Interactive

Compare graphs of past and possible future carbon dioxide emissions, atmospheric concentration of CO2 and average global temperatures during the coming century as provided by the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Compare Maps of Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Side-by-Side

Compare maps side-by-side of sea ice extent in the Antarctic over several decades.

Compare Maps of Arctic Sea Ice Extent Side-by-Side

Compare maps side-by-side of sea ice extent in the Arctic over several decades.

Compare Maps of Regional Climate Projections

Compare maps of future regional climate projections - temperature and precipitation.

Compare Multispectral Sun Images

Compare images of the Sun side-by-side with this interactive viewer. What features can you see in ultraviolet or infrared images?

Compare Solar Eclipse Photos

Compare photos of different solar eclipses side-by-side.

Create a Snowstorm

Explore the factors that combine to create a snowstorm in this interactive.

Earth's Albedo and the Sun's Brightness Affect Climate

See how Earth's temperature would change if the Sun's brightness increased or dimmed or if Earth's albedo was different.

Energy Choices and Climate Change

Help the Joules family make choices that keep their greenhouse gas emissions low.

Forecast a Hurricane

Can you predict the path of a hurricane? Learn how hurricanes move across an ocean and see if you can determine which cities will be impacted by a hurricane.

Greenhouse Gases Sorting Game

Sort these molecules as greenhouse gases, borderline cases or not greenhouse gases.

Make a Hurricane

Make a hurricane and learn about the factors that control the strength of the storm, including temperature, moisture and winds.

Make a Thunderstorm

Make a thunderstorm! Choose the right mix of temperatures and humidity to create a big thunderstorm.

Pressure and Flow: Using Water Tanks to Explain Why the Wind Blows

Explore relationships between pressure and fluid flow in this virtual lab.

Ruler of the World

You are now King or Queen of the World and your loyal subjects need your help. You must choose a new mix of energy sources to limit emissions while generating enough energy for your subjects and keeping costs low.

SkySci for Kids Games

In this collection of games, young learners can make a raindrop, steer a hurricane, help a dog keep cool, dress a yeti for the weather, and help a community fight climate change.

Solar Eclipse Memory Game

Test your memory while you learn about eclipses of the Sun. Click on tiles to reveal pictures of solar eclipses and maps of the path of the November 2012 eclipse in Australia. Try to find matching pairs of pictures.

Sort It Out: El Niño or La Niña

Sort pictures of El Niño and La Niña conditions based on sea-surface temperatures.

Sun & Space Weather Memory Game

Test your memory while you learn about the Sun, space weather, and Earth's magnetosphere and upper atmosphere.

Sun Sorting Game

Sort pictures of the Sun and its features by temperature or by time in the sunspot cycle.

The Very Simple Climate Model

Use this model to explore the relationships between carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere and our planet's average global temperature. Try out some "what if" scenarios to see how much our climate may warm during the coming century.

Tree Rings and Climate Timeline Simulation

Align tree ring cores to build a long chronology of climate history in this online interactive activity.

Tree Rings Simulation - Dendrochronology

This interactive simulation lets you 'decode' tree ring patterns to learn about climates of the past.

Virtual Ballooning to Explore the Atmosphere

Explore the atmosphere by launching Virtual Weather Balloons! This "virtual laboratory" simulation lets you investigate the layers of Earth's atmosphere.

What Flooding Looked Like in Boulder, Colorado

See what one neighborhood looked like before the September 2013 flood and after water filled the streets, yards, homes, and Crest View Elementary School.