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Puzzled Partners

In this web-based activity, learners try to figure out who in an online chat room has their matching puzzle piece. This is a matchmaking activity that can be used as an icebreaker to introduce learners to each other as well as introduce learners to web technology (such as chat rooms). This activity stresses effective communication and writing skills.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Computers with web browsers
  • Index cards, cardstock, cardboard or foam core approximately 4x6 inches
  • Scissors


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
      • Information Technology
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology

Informal Categories

  • Computers
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Muller, Eric


  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium, ©2000


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