Developed as a technology demonstrator for National Skills Development of India, "Velu the Welder" follows an apprentice named Velu as he learns the craft. Players can use a Nintendo Wii remote or a mouse to learn welding skills virtually.
In the plot of Meta!Blast 3D, you're a hapless lab worker who has to rescue a team of scientists trapped inside a photosynthetic cell. To make matters worse, an unknown pathogen is decimating Earth's vegetation. Designed for students and educators, this game garnered an honorable mention.
The final honorable mention in the gaming category goes to "Build-a-Body," a game that lets computer users play surgeon -- without all that messy blood and bile. Drag-and-drop organs and take anatomy quizzes and you'll be ready for the OR in no time.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.