It is hugely important that we find and develop effective ways to encourage young people to engage with science1 – children’s interests in science tend to decline from 10 years of age2 and are usually established by 14 years3. This can be mitigated by engaging children in practical, investigative, activities associated with science4; computer games, being played by 69% of 6–10 year olds and 81% of 11–14 year olds in the UK5, provide a way to do this.
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