This week is STEAM week at one of my schools. I was asked to create an optional QR code activity for students in grades 3-5. With all of the excitement over at NASA this year, I decided to make a game that focuses kids on learning about outer space, astronauts, planets, and the International Space Station.
I spent some time on Pinterest and found lots of ideas for creating flashcards using QR codes, but I wanted to do something different. Finally, I decided to make a board game for the kids to play.
Printable version: QRCodeSpaceGameBoard
Game players use a coin to determine if they move one or two spaces on the board. When they land on a space, players use a smart device to scan the QR code (QR code scanners can be downloaded for free). This leads them to a trivia question.
Once players read the question, they click on the picture. This takes them to a link from NASA where they can do a tiny bit of research to figure out the answer and record it on their answer sheet. They may have to read, study a picture, or watch a video.
Printable version: spaceGameAnswerSheet
Once all players reach the end, they check their answers. Each question they land on is worth a point. The player with the most points win.
Game player pieces:
Some teachers requested access to the questions without using the QR codes, so I gave them the link to the website. It’s set up like a blog. Link to the website: http://goo.gl/mcRmgx.
Make Your Own QR Code Activity
If you want to make your own QR code activity, you should. It’s not too hard. I use Google to create the QR codes.
- Go to Google’s url shortener at https://goo.gl/.
- Paste the website url into the box and click “shorten url.”
- The shortened url will pop up on the side of the screen. There will also be information about the website and a link for “details.”
- Click on “details.”
- This will take you to a web page that includes your new QR code. Click on the QR code, then right click the QR code, copy the image, and then paste it to the document you want to add it to.
- If you have a Google account, you can log in and it will create a list of all of the shortened url’s and QR codes for the websites you enter.