Power Up!

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In this online game, learners must purchase power plants for their city. They must balance the need for adequate power against the environmental impact of different power plants and stay within their limited budget. The game introduces many kinds of power plants to choose from (oil, coal, nuclear, solar, wind, hydro). Since the game only shows a random selection of three of these power sources at a time, the game changes each time you play. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Smart Attack game after they've completed several activities.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • computer with internet access
  • mouse


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Nuclear Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
      • Public Policy
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse
  • touch


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes assesments for student learning:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • All rights reserved, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation