Test your knowledge, donate rice!

In my recent search for cheap (or free) educational games, I ran across an interesting concept by Freerice.com.  This organization works with sponsors like the UN World Food programme to donate rice to people around the world.  The site basically presents questions to test your understanding of vocabulary by presenting words in a way that increases difficulty with each right answer.  For every answer you get correct, Freerice.com will donate 10 grains of rice.  Although this may not seem like a lot, consecutive gameplay over a brief period of time can generate quite a lot in terms of donation.   Why, do you ask doesn’t FreeRice just give away rice if they have it?  The answer can be found in their FAQ.

From the Freerice.com FAQ:
“FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice.you are earning it 10 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, sponsor banners appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these banners is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people”

This is a neat, neat little challenging game that provides motivation through the satisfaction derived from helping to feed those in need.  It’s simple system of increasing the difficulty of gameplay as you progress also helps to encourage repeat play.

If that weren’t enough, there are several different categories of questions that range from english grammar to chemistry, geography & math.

Answer the question, save the world.

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