Rutgers Equine Science Center recently unveiled a website for kids that is pretty fantastic. Let’s check it out.
When you open the Equine Science 4 Kids! Homepage you are introduced to ‘Lord Nelson,’ a geriatric Quarter Horse whose claim to fame is being the only animal on NCAA record to receive an official collegiate football penalty for un-sportsman like conduct. A true story according to the Rutgers’ Scarlet Scuttlebutt.
Lord Nelson guides the kids through several topics such as Exercise Physiology, Healthcare & Nutrition, and Horses & The Environment. Each topic has easy to read factoids and links to more in-depth information.
There is also an interactive game titled “Horse Power.” First, you pick your horse. Obvs … I picked Lord Nelson.
Then you get him ready.
You take several blood samples on the treadmill.
You utilize lab equipment to analyze the samples.
Finally, there is a quiz at the end to test what you’ve learned.
If you pass, you get a surprise reward!
Why is this so engaging? I have absolutely no idea. I just know that I have already played it twice and my 6-year-old daughter has played it half a dozen times. She’s also asking questions about the procedures and horse health care … which is awesome!
All images courtesy of Rutgers University.
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