“Cogno has beat out toys from big manufacturers for national awards… [It] has grown into a hit.”
The Wall Street Journal
"Hunting for the hottest toys of 2005 at the American International Toy Fair, [Cogno is one of] the Top 10 that kids would give anything to have.. There's lots of strategy involved, with multiple paths a player can take and ways to frustrate your opponent... it is a really cool board game that is fun and educational."
The Washington Post
“It shows what kids and grownups can do when they combine their imaginations.”
PBS Affiliate KETC click to see PBS segment
"Kids will like [Cogno]...encourages critical thinking and strategy. Fun for parents, too!"
The New York Post
"The perfect vehicle to pry kids away from the Nintendo and get them hooked on science and space."
The Daily Herald, Chicago
"The game has both space fantasy and real science facts, which helps kids stay engaged and learn."
"The perfect gift."
The Los Angeles Times
"Cogno: Deep Worlds is a game that is full of learning and fun, all of which adds up to a terrific gaming experience"
The National Parenting Center
"I guarantee your kids will love Cogno. My son absolutely loves it."
John Pertzborn, Fox 2 News
"Store owners said they are getting back great reports from families who play the game over and over. It's thought out very well. Cogno is fun and educational"
The Boston Globe
"Cogno is a unique new board game that manages to educate and entertain kids at once."
The Parent's Guide to Children's Media
“Cogno: Deep Worlds was a hit with 5th graders!”
Chicago Parent Magazine, 2005 Toy Test (Cogno in Top Five “Gotta Have It” out of 40 games tested)
"Terrific! My grandson and I not only played the first Cogno board game three times this past weekend, but he was so captured by it that he "played" it with me every time we went in the car or for a walk without the board (making up his own rules and imaginary moves). It is fun and educational.
Dr. Louis Friedman, co-founder (with Carl Sagan) and Executive Director of The Planetary Society
"I have a Cogno game and play it regularly with our family/friends. I carry it around in my car!"
Jane Boswell, Home Educator's Family Times
"My students love the Cogno board game. I first tried it at home with my family. We are addicted but now I have also gotten my students hooked. Best of all it got them thinking."
Melanie Santizo, Math 6th Northridge Middle School, Charlotte, NC
"Cogno is an amazing game that integrates fun and learning about important science topics. It allows kids, in a fun way, to be exposed to science."
Mike McBride, Science teacher, Ladue Middle School, St. Louis, MO
"I have started to play Cogno with my 7th grade students and they LOVE it! When they get a question and answer it, wrong or right, we look it up in the Book of Y to read more about it. I am continually hearing 'Wow! I didn't know that!' We have set up an ongoing game in the classroom that we return to whenever there is time. If you give my students a choice between Cogno and recess, they will unanimously choose Cogno every time. As a teacher I love that fact that the students are learning something new and that it is done in such fun and enticing way. Thank you for a great game!"
Ann Marie Jakubielski, Science 6th-8th St. Joseph School, Norwich, CT
"The children LOVED Cogno. They beg to play it every time the group has free time. It is very educational and a lot of fun. It was easy to follow the directions and the cards, book, game pieces are durable and will last several years. Thank you very much for the opportunity to examine and own this game. Our group is very interested in purchasing more games."
Shannon Payne, Homeschool 3rd & 8th JH Creative Academy, Isle of Palms, SC
"They loved Cogno. It was a blast."
Libby Cartwright, Science 7th McKinley Middle Magnet, Baton Rouge, LA
"My students have enjoyed playing Cogno. I have used it as an enrichment in a study hall section for grades 7, 8, and 11. The game has been appealing to all three age levels. I like the range of difficulty levels for the questions, as do my students."
Sandra Thornton, Science Resources 7th-11th Broadwater Academy, Exmore, VA
"Learning science should always be this fun!"
Dan Sheps, University of New England, Biddeford ME
"The game was a hit! The students thought it was fun and educational. I might have to buy some for all my classes to play."
Maureen Mitchell, Science 5th-8th St. Ann's School, Yonkers, NY
"I like the way the game's questions cause the children to think and problem-solve, not just spit back information. Fun games that spur critical thinking are difficult to find! In addition to that, the children wanted to play as soon as they saw the box, so the design is captivating."
Deloris Pepple, MO Gifted Educator of the Year Mullanphy Science Magnet School, St. Louis
"My students really liked the Cogno game. One said that it was as good as watching CSI and trying to figure out the ending. They really enjoy trying to solve the game."
Deb Evans Chouteau-Mazie Public Schools, Chouteau, OK
"My students loved Cogno. The directions, although easy to understand, made for challenging play and interaction. The quality is excellent."
Melissa Kristine, 4th-6th All Saints Academy, Sarver, PA
"My students love the Cogno: Deep Worlds game. I use it in a science center and they cannot wait until they get to play it."
Krista Karlstrom, 3rd grade George Marks Elementary, Deland, FL
"The most useful part of using the game is how students can begin to stretch their minds and consider other types of life forms. Too often they tune out when topics leave the human realm - Cogno is a great way to keep them focused on life sciences as part of the supernatural - without leaving science."
KP Warner Science 7th Okeeheelee Middle School, Greenacres, FL
"I have played the game with two separate groups of fifth graders in my class. They loved the characters and I loved the thought provoking questions!"
Donna Nichols, Math & Science 5th Dudley Shoals Elementary, Granite Falls, NC
"Students couldn't wait to play the game."
David Stack, 3rd Grade Mann Monroe Elementary School, Clearville, PA
"I LOVE this game!! It is so much fun to play, yet still very educational. My students continue to ask to play Cogno and want more games just like it! Thanks for helping my students to see that learning really is fun!"
Natalie Brown, Science & Math 4th Baty Elementary, Austin, TX
"I teach 7th grade science and my students go NUTS over this game! Their performance in class is improved because they know they can look forward to the GAME if their behavior is good for the week. They actually walk out of class telling their friends how awesome class was on the days we play. I bought enough games so the whole class can play at a time and we have been designing competitions among the groups in the class. They are learning at the same time they are having fun and doing an activity they are used to and they really excel when they are in groups! Cogno is developing their reading skills, social skills and interest in science all at the same time. Awesome teaching tool!"
Dr. Alisa Feldman, 7th Grade Science Lyons Creek Middle School, Coconut Creek, FL
"I must say [my students] are very excited about it… they are learning a lot about the universe. The information you have incorporated into the play is excellent. They are playing it as I write this message and it is a joy to see them so excited about this game!"
Norma O'Toole, Gifted Teacher Marion Elementary School, St. Louis
"The questions are a great tool to use in the class, and I love the [Book of] Y! My students have enjoyed playing Cogno during free time and have asked to play again. The inference questions make the students think outside the box and have fun while they are doing it. Thanks for introducing us to the fun!"
Charlotte Frazier, Science 7th Germantown Middle School, Germantown, TN
"My students really like the Cogno game. One great thing is that you don't have to know all the 'right' answers to win, as I found out myself (I had plenty of fuel cells, but nothing else). Additionally, it's short enough (about an hour) to play in a class period, but not so long they get tired. Finally, it was great fun not knowing who would end up in the trench or when. Terrific, imaginative game. Would I recommend it? Without a doubt!"
Lei Thorton, Biology 9th Rockridge High School, Taylor Ridge, IL
"Cogno is a great educational game. I first played it with my husband and three college-aged children this summer. I took it to school and we played during class. Students liked the look of the gameboard and enjoyed the different levels of questions. Students found they could be successful at the game and it was fun."
Cathy O'Callaghan, 6th Grade Altavista Middle School, Altavista, VA
"The students in my class really liked the game Cogno. Now they want to play the game every free time they get. I have even allowed my students to play the game during recess. I really liked the game because it is a fun way of getting students to learn without them really knowing it. I think that's the best way."
Alicia Freehardt, Science K-6th Hobgood Elementary School, Murfreesboro, TN
"We really enjoy playing the Cogno game in my Enrichment classroom. The students love the Cogno Book of Y when they have found an interesting fact that they didn't know. They love choosing their aliens, and the best part, of course, is the second game board!"
Laura Teatsworth, Science Lab Teacher for Grades 2nd-5th Garden Villas Elementary, Houston, TX
"Cogno is a great game. The son of one of the teachers comes in my room after school sometimes and we got the game out and got it set up for the first time. He really liked it and now we have Cogno play dates!"
Terry Scates, Science K-6th Community Elementary School, Coffeyville, KS
"Some boys in my fifth grade class figured out how to play and now Deep Worlds is their favorite thing to play once they are finished with their work. Upon noticing that there are other editions aside from the Deep Worlds my boys have been hounding me to find and order the other ones."
Meredith Mackey, Science 5th Bluebonnet Trail Elementary, Austin, TX
"My students really have enjoyed the board game. If it's raining they are allowed to stay inside and play board games."
Angela Yochum, 7th Grade Holy Family School, Louisville, KY
"My fourth and fifth grade students played the board game and loved it! Kevin M. asked several times, 'Where did you get this? Where can I get one?' These were mixed groups of students at varying levels of ability, some English Language Learners, and they all had the best time. Definitely the most popular game I've introduced this year."
Christina Minnis, Science Lab 4th & 5th Parkway Elementary, Lewisville, TX
"My students have had a chance to play the Cogno game. THEY LOVE IT!!!! They couldn't quit coming over to me and showing me every time they won a piece of equipment! They were sharing with others what they were learning from the question cards and the answer sheet. I would ask them to explain why they answered a question the way they did before looking at the answers. They were very pleased with themselves when they could answer correctly and wanted even more to see what they knew. If they were not right, they ooohed and aahhed over the new knowledge they just learned. I asked them if was worth taking the time to play this game and they very strongly said yes. The game is easy enough to learn that some of them learned it on their own before I did and then taught others. I think it is a big hit."
Deborah Pasley, 6th Grade Hall Elementary School, St. Joseph, MO
"I think Cogno: Deep Worlds is wonderful. It does a fantastic job of integrating concepts of several sciences."
Esther Dykes, Science 7th Kirby Middle School, Houston, Texas
"The students are very engaged into the Cogno game and have lots of fun while learning new concepts. Some have expressed the desire to try out other similar games. Some have compared it to as much fun as Monopoly. I use the game as a reward for those students who do all required class work for the day/week. Thank you so much for creating such an educational tool for us teachers."
William Gonzalez-Claudio, Science 6th Liberty Middle School, Orlando, FL
" The kids absolutely LOVE the game and so do I! This game was a HUGE hit in the classroom. I have recommended this game to many teachers, and the kids in class are excited about getting their own copies to play at home."
JayDee Mahs, 3rd & 4th Gifted Science GEM Memorial Academy, Harris, MN
"My kids (10 and 8) and I are big fans of both of our Cogno games - Deep Worlds and Alien Adventure! Indeed, the only games my kids actually ask me to play are Poker and Cogno! The "Book of Y" is well written and explains the science behind the questions in a manner that is understandable by kids of all ages - including older kids (like me) who have forgotten most of the science they learned in high school. Thanks for hours and hours of good fun, entertainment and learning."
Doug U., Scarsdale, NY
"We played Cogno: The Alien Adventure game- with my brother and loved it, so we bought Deep Worlds. Honestly - the best part of the game is that I could really see my child trying to think about the questions/answers. The questions interested her, and the make-up of the board is so much different than standard board games that it holds her attention very well."
Dean F., St. Charles, IA
"As a mom and science teacher, I think your games are great!"
Laurin M., Trumbull, CT
"It's awesome. We love your games. I'm taking a number of games to our local home school association meeting, but I know Cogno will be the hit of the meeting. Cogno has fun and learning, and even if you get a question wrong, the Book of Y tells you why!"
Adrienne S, H., Bellingham, WA
"All I can tell you is that my kid giggles like mad every time she plays. And that Cogno is the first game she and her best friend want to play when they're together."
Emily B., Hastings on Hudson, NY
"Hi. We bought the original Cogno Alien Adventure and then purchased Deep Worlds for our son also. For a 12 year old that struggles with reading this is such a great game for him! Our son LOVES the game!! Thanks!!"
Debi M., Sarasota, FL
"This was a great game....even better than the Star Wars Monopoly set I have at home."
John K., Sarver, PA
"Wow! You're game is the best! It's the only board game I play! I LOVE it! I think you should make more! Your biggest fan…"
Megan L., Pitman, NJ
"I am having way too much fun for this to be educational!"
Jarrod D., Clearville, PA
"I have found myself thinking about the game...at home...and even when I wake up first thing in the morning."
Benjamin C., Sarver, PA
"This game is fun. We like the characters. We were laughing about the names of the aliens. This is the first board game that I have ever played with my friends and have actually liked. Cogno is my favorite. He is sort of like me in school. He is the most intelligent life form."
Adam B., Louisville, KY
"I love the game Cogno! It is so fun! I love to play that game when my school stays inside for recess. We all get together and have a good time. It is fun and can be challenging at some points in the game."
Katie H., Louisville, KY
"I really liked the game Cogno a lot. We had a group of people play and we really didn't want to stop!"
Rebecca J., Louisville, KY
"Our kids never think of playing board games on their own. When we suggest it they are sometimes interested. When it comes to Cogno, the kids ask each other to play."
Steve G., St. Louis, MO
"We LOVE the game. It's great for homeschoolers. It has my highest possible recommendation!"
Kristi G., Rome, GA
"I love all your products and we have everything - all three games and both books. My kids think Cogno is interesting and exciting. They think the games are suspenseful because people can come from behind (even from a parallel universe or whirlpool) to win. And for the past year, whenever we ask my 12 year old what he wants to play, he picks COGNO Alien Adventure. My kids want to know when the next book will come out!"
Susan P., Hinsdale, IL
"We play the game a couple of times a month (Sunday nights) which is alternated with Risk and Monopoly. My daughter is a 5th grader and my son is a 7th grader. I can't remember which of the Cogno books we bought, but my daughter read it in a day and a half after getting it!"
Lance F., Tucson, AZ
"We bought Deep Worlds and Alien Adventure for our son to play. Codebreaker is also on our list to buy. We highly value the fun way in which knowledge is presented by Cogno products, and they keep learning from getting boring. We like games like these as alternative way of enhancing the learning experience. You're doing a great job."
Anne O., Franklin, MA
"My kids didn't want to stop playing Cogno… and they're learning from it!"
Joan K., Needham, MA
"Cogno is the only product in our house that competes effectively with computer games for my son's attention."
David G., St. Louis, MO
"I bought the Alien Adventure Game for my two kids (11 and 9) so they could play a cool game during the summer and at the same time learn. They loved it! They spent several afternoons playing together and sometimes with friends. I really recommend this game for kids (and parents too! I played too!)."
Ezequiel A., Orlando, FL
"The game is really fun! We played it for the first (and second!) time yesterday, and my 7 year old daughter wants to play it again tonight. So I guess that means it's a hit!"
Betty J., Edwardsville, IL
"In February we took the game to a dinner party with friends. Whilst adults ate and chatted, our children, (12 and 10 yrs), played the game in the room next door with neighbors (11 years and 8 years). They were totally absorbed. Passing the door a few times, our friends couldn't help waiting to hear answers to the questions the children were asking one another, and at one point were most impressed when one of them accurately handled one on the space shuttle, that his mum wasn't sure of! - So very happy parents and very happy children. Also my children said they had no trouble explaining how to play to their two friends - always a good sign, ie game is challenging enough to be interesting but easy to understand rules and play."
Angela C., U.K.
"My son is so into Cogno. It's all he wants to play! He carries the game pieces around in his backpack because he loves the characters so much."
Ken R., Sausalito, CA
"Our kids (ages 8, 10 and 12) love the Alien Adventure Game!"
The Campbell Family, Kansas City, MO
"My husband and I, our children, ages 11, 9 and 6 all LOVE to play Cogno. We are always on the lookout for fun and educational games. The booklet you provide offers excellent explanations… often, we are so curious about new facts we learned, that we go to the library and borrow books that help us deepen our understanding and knowledge."
Nathalie F., Wellesley, MA
"The kids and I have all enjoyed playing Cogno: The Alien Adventure Game-everything from the graphics on the board to the wild characters. It's a game I can enjoy playing with my 12 yr. old, and his 5 yr. old brother can have fun with too. Thanks Again."
John N., Castro Valley, CA
"My Son (8 years old) is excited about the game and thinks "it is cool because it is an alien game with lots of tracks you can go on." My son is having fun with a game that looks cool and is fun to play while he is learning science. We consult the book of "Y" to see more in depth answers. Thanks!"
Michelle S., Mogadore, OH
“We sell our Cogno games really well. Parents like them because they are challenging enough that their kids are not able to work through it right away like a typical trivia game. The games make children really think and that in turn expands their knowledge about science.”
Gavin Hastings, Kidstop, Learning Fun, AZ
"At home, Cogno is the game my family always wants to play. There aren't many quality games that adults and children really love to play together. Every customer that has bought Cogno from my store came back and told me they loved it. This is not a flash-in-the-pan product--it will be around for a long time.
Valla W., Teaching Toys, Tacoma, WA
"It's been a great seller and people are loving it!
Ted Gardner, Ted's Toys & Trains, Cincinnati, OH
"Cogno is the best selling game we carry."
Maura Rogers, New England Aquarium
“Cogno’s a really great game. It’s the kind of game that we would order again even right after the holidays.”
Katie Murray, Purple Cow Toys, OR
"Kids LOVE this game. Children are dragging their parents into the store to buy Cogno because they played it at a friend's house and loved it."
Rebecca, Timeless Toys, AK
"Cogno just flew off the shelf! It's a great game. Challenging, educational...different."
Ronna Starrett, Quincy Art-Craft-Toys-Games, FL
“There’s no doubt about it…Cogno games sell well! It was the most popular game among the staff during staff training!”
Chuck, J T Puffins, WI
“Everyone who has tried Cogno, loves it!”
Mark Ontiveros, Dragonfire Toy Company, CA
“It’s hard to find a game this good for ages 7 and up! It even appeals to the hard to please ‘tween boys.”
Katie Frederick, The Wooden Rainbow, IA
"Cogno is easily our best-selling game of the year. I don't remember a game that sparked this much customer interest!"
Michelle Ciocotte, St. Louis Science Center museum store
“We love the game. It’s one of our favorite games to sell. Kids are learning and they don’t even know it!”
Greg Hurd, Wishes Toy Store, CO
“It’s fun and whimsical. I say it’s learning with smiles. Cogno makes learning fun!”
Kate Tanner, Kidstop Learning Fun, AZ
“The first customer that bought Cogno from us was a middle school science teacher. He loved the idea of the game and thought it would encourage cognitive thinking in his students. He came back to tell us that the kids love the game! And, he loves the game because it makes the kids think and reason through the questions. For example, ‘If one thing happens, what will it cause to happen next?’ And it takes a pretty exceptional game to make middle school students think past right now.”
Cara, Out of the Blue, NM
“They’ve sold well for us. We like the approach of science concepts instead of facts and trivia. It’s a unique product. My 8-year old thinks Cogno’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”
Kevin Barnes, Brainwaves Learning Center, NH
“Cogno is the most unusual board game ever invented. Cogno will become your ticket to new dimensions of fun, adventure and learning”
"Congratulations on a great product!"
FAO Schwarz buyer
"Over our 18 years in business, Cogno is one of the fastest-selling games we've ever carried."
Marge Versprille, Imagination Toys, St. Louis, MO
"We have never seen a game sell this fast or create this much customer excitement"
Paul Sahagian, Learning Express of Needham, MA
"Cogno has a strong fun quotient in addition to its educational aspects. This is what we look for."
Judy Timmel, UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science museum store
"I can't believe how many Cogno games we're selling. We've never seen any game sell like this."
Donna Campbell, Bradburn's Parent/Teacher Stores, St. Louis, MO
"Truly ingenious ... Codebreaker was a big hit and will be in your home as well."
The National Parenting Center
"Codebreaker is a great game. Parents and kids, grandparents and grandkids can all play together. It encourages children to expand their personal thinking realm -- 'What clue do I know that my parents won't catch?'"
Dennis Lenahan, Frisco, CO
"Codebreaker cleverly uses a familiar game and adds a twist which transforms the enterprise. Creating and breaking codes requires students to think logically and creatively and to understand how the language of mathematics evolved. The result is flexibility with representations, strategic thinking and problem solving all rolled into one exciting game with educational benefits in mathematics and logic."
Jere Confrey, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics Education, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
"Cogno's Codebreaker game simultaneously develops a child's linguistic, critical thinking, creative, and social skills. Players associate and recall things (both literal and metaphorical), cultivate the arts of hypothesizing and theorizing, and learn to adopt the perspective of other players. It gives direct insight into the minds of their friends and family...in a fun way!"
Deborah Carlin, MS, PhD Education Consultant & CEO Partners In Excellence, LLC
"We all played Codebreaker last night, and Jane and her friend, Annabelle, played again this afternoon. Annabelle is absolutely goo-goo over it and wanted to know where she can get the game!"
Mary B., parent, playtester
"I couldn't put Mindshifters down. The charm of this book series is that you learn as you read. You can't help it. You find yourself not only wanting to know what happens to your new alien friends, but why and how it happens. Without going out of your interstellar way, you'll learn about the nature of nature and the workings of the Cosmos. These books are just fun. It's a journey you'll enjoy with science you can keep."
Bill Nye The Science Guy®
"Two thumbs up... Cogno: The Legends book series is a very entertaining read!"
Rick Searfoss, Astronaut, NASA Commander, Columbia Space Shuttle
"The Cogno book series is adventurous, creative and fun. Science literacy will get a great boost from Cogno and his friends!"
Dr. Louis Friedman, co-founder (with Carl Sagan) and Executive Director of The Planetary Society
"Oh my goodness, was this book a hit! They absolutely devoured the book and wanted more! Rarely do you find boys this excited about reading!"
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"My daughter read it in a day and a half after getting it!"
Lance Fisher, Tucson, AZ
"I read the Cogno book and loved it. I am actually trying to get a grant to get a class set of both books. I am trying to integrate science fiction with real science to get the kids interested in space science. I thought the book and the game give interesting information by using fiction to attract young readers into learning science concepts."
Brianna Roberts, Ireland Drive Middle School, Fayetteville, NC
"To find a book that most males would willingly read is an amazing feat! I read the back cover and had most every male raise their hands with interest. Many girls did too."
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"I was thrilled that the book motivated the boys and excited them about science. It reached them where they needed to be reached, both imaginatively and academically. Having a tool that does that to middle school adolescents is a wondrous thing."
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"The Cogno book continues to be read over and over. I found Cogno while searching for something that would excite my grandkids and stimulate their thinking. Cogno, the game and the book series, fulfill this to the max!"
George & Corinne Steimer, Romeoville, IL
"My grandson LOVES the Cogno games and books! They have made wonderful gifts for him. He beats me at the games each time we play, and talks to me about the books a lot."
Dee Fabin, Sterling, Kansas
"The topic of the book is very interesting for middle-schoolers. It is hard to put the book down, despite the 'educational' smidgens that are thrown inside each chapter."
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"It has a captivating cover, great story line and overall appeal."
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"To see young men EXCITED about reading AND eager to find more in the series is a rare thing. Knowing that not only were they reading, but also gaining factual scientific knowledge and loving it makes this book a winner!"
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"I like the fact that the books combine fact and fantasy and am using this as a possible motivator to get my son more interested in reading. He has always like outer space and interesting facts, but to get him to sit down and really read an entire book has been hard. He has just started this book and I wanted to make sure there would be another one for him to look forward to. I think you have come up with a great combination."
Deborah Wynn, Virginia Beach, VA
"This book could be used in Language Arts, Science, and with Social Studies materials."
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"[The Cogno book] could also be used to talk about Fiction and Nonfiction, cause & effect, as well as word choice and creative writing. Really, this book makes it possible to about anything related to writing and science!"
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"Overall, I think this is a fantastic opportunity to integrate science with language arts. I would be able to apply 6th grade Science standards of matter, mass and space with this book."
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"My 6 year old son loves all the Cogno games and books. We just finished "Synapse" and are eagerly awaiting the next book."
Rebecca, El Dorado, KS
"I would be able to easily integrate science, spelling, language, and even character education into this book."
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"I used the book as a reward for some of my under-motivated students. They were all eager to read the book."
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"The book is a fantastic mixture of fantasy and reality! The science and the ability to help kids think for themselves make this a winner!"
Teacher's Choice Awards judge
"Cogno's Stuart Montaldo is just the person we've been looking for - using science and logic to cleverly engage children in really fun pursuits. With all the mindless entertainment that is competing for my kids' time, it is great to now have an alternative that is fun and educational! Thank you for making Cogno!"
Tim L., Grayslake, IL
"My favorite part of the book was when [deleted so plot is not given away!]. I predict that Cogno is going to make a great series. I think your plot is to go at the top of the list of great plots! Your style is great. I really like it."
Indigo B., St. Louis, MO
"Your book was so good my teacher had to tell me to put it down! I think you're a great author. I used to think Harry Potter was the best there was until I read this! Nothing beats the alien telepath Cogno!"
Jenny B, Santa Barbara, CA
"Science is never put together this way… I feel as though I am really there!"
Maggie H., Chicago, IL
"The book was great, and I'm really looking forward to the next one."
Ben H., Cumming, GA
"I liked this book because, well, since I'm a teenager and now I'm learning stuff about black holes that my parents don't know so now I can really hold it over them. I think this book is amazing, simply amazing."
Adam M., St. Louis, MO
"Every time my son would put the book down to eat or take a necessary break, my other son swiped Mindshifters. Neither of them could wait to finish it!"
Yvette Olejnik, Wildwood, MO
“Interesting, makes children think”
“The new way a question is presented. It makes them apply what they know.”
“Gets some critical thinking skills going”
“It is fun for the kids.”
“It gets students to think beyond the typical textbook questions. The students think it is a fun way to learn. They also bring up topics that might not be taught in the curriculum. I use it as small group activities that promote cooperation and collaboration.”
“Range of topics, easy to implement”
“I am from Malawi, Africa. I came across your puzzlers through Internet search. It has proved to me to be a wonderful resource and guide to me and my students.”
“The students find them fun.”
“The quality of the questions and their appeal for this age group”
“Practical, discusses topics that are relevant to 2007, questions lead to a lot of extra discussion, relevant to parts of our syllabus”
“It is quick and challenging for the students. It makes good questions for kids to discuss trying to decide on the answer. I have only received the questions for a couple of weeks.”
“Additional resources related to what is taught”
“The questions are thought provoking and often require some research or discussion. The topic of space is always motivational.”
“I think that it is a great way to break away from our routine and promote additional thinking strategies.”
“The puzzlers are easy to understand and can be used in colouring competitions.”
“Makes kids think in areas not taught in classroom.”
“Interesting questions and not too easy, good concepts”
“The fact that it makes kids think beyond the square”
“I love how challenging the questions are, but they are still within their understanding.”
“They bring about valuable discussions.”
“Higher level thinking for the students”
“They are entertaining and they make the kids think at least on the edge of the box most of the time.”
“It opens up discussion and learning opportunities that the kids get excited about.”
“It's great to receive free materials that are ready to use. I offer the challenges as extra-credit opportunities and the kids love them.”
“It allows you to discuss other areas of science, other than what you are covering through the text.”
“The students are really excited about the Challenges. They look forward to what might be coming next.”
“It reinforces basic skills and also makes learning the skill fun.”
“A different type of activity for students”
“It is very educational and a good review of what we have studied in class.”
“The content has been carefully reviewed by science experts. Teachers report high enthusiasm by their students.”
“It can be incorporated with lessons that we already teach.”
“Good lead into exploration activities”
“It gets the children thinking and analyzing.”
“It is quick and can lead into discussions.”
“I like the fact that it leads to good scientific discussion. Many opinions and support for them are offered. Many misconceptions are revealed. The challenges cross all branches of science. I like that they get us thinking about ideas and concepts that are unrelated to what we're studying at times.”
“It is a fun way to share science facts with my students, and they like to discuss the answers.”
“They are fun and interesting. They draw my students into the discussions.”
“They promote higher level thinking that requires students to analyze and synthesize data.”
“It helps motivate my students to think and solve problems.”
“It gets the students thinking. It's a great introduction to a topic.”
“I am a gifted teacher, first year in this position, and I am always looking for stimulating, out of the box activities for them. Wuzzles, logic, and your puzzles helped this year, Thanks…”
“I like the original questions. The students like that they aren't from a text book.”
“The variety of challenges about a range of topics”
“Challenging questions that prompt effective conversation”
“It makes students think critically.”
“The questions stimulate thought and students like to discuss their answers.”
“It provides a discussion forum for my 2nd graders at school and then with family at home.”
“Good easy to follow questions with pictures makes it attractive to the children. Choice of answers so all children can have a go and not feel inadequate.”
“Higher level thinking skills”
“New and different than anything I know”
“Provides an excellent taster for many key concepts in science”
“They are a good way to get students interested in science and the scientific method.”
“That it holds the students interest and challenges them”
“It is an interesting way to engage students in science on a weekly basis.”
“The puzzles/questions make students think outside of the usual line of questioning included in our science series, so it is stimulating and interesting to my students. I use them as bonus points.”
“Very easy to use and the answer is right there as well. They are great topics that the students really like to use. Some find them more difficult than others.”
“The illustrations are engaging and the topics encourage discussion.”
“The questions are always interesting and based on the framework that I need to teach. The challenge makes the information come to life.”
“Good way to start the brain working. Bell work, etc…”
“The students find most of them interesting, it does not take a lot of time from the curriculum and it is fun for home with family.”
“It's quick and creative.”
“It is engaging for the students, free for the teacher, and varies greatly on different science topics.”
“It makes students think and communicate.”
“Reinforces science concepts in a fun and engaging way”
“The children love the challenge. I generally use the Cogno's Challenge with my mid-high to high students and it really puts them over the edge of having to use their higher level thinking strategies. They often use it as an activity after they finish an assignment, but they stick with it and don't put them down until they are happy with their answer.”
“Questions are not the typical science questions. Makes students think deeply.”
“They get the children thinking about science and using logic.”
“It’s engaging with its prompts. It’s good for tuning in on the lesson.”
“It's great to have as a before school activity as it promotes thinking and discussion because children talk about their answers before and after choosing. Extension for the gifted science children.”
“Well presented and offers a challenge”
“The variety and the enhancement of current lessons, these puzzles are asking questions that we have not specifically covered and requires them to think ‘outside the box’.”
“The way it creates a question/topic for a science lesson which eases the burden of having to direct children to the question”
“Easy to read answers provided for scientifically challenged teachers, big ideas investigated that encourages parental input and scientific discussion at home, encourages research around the question, great format for kids”
“The flexibility in use - they can be used individually or can be incorporated into an entire lesson.”
“Some of the concepts are what we are covering and it seems to be easier for the student to relate to the concept through the puzzles.”
“It is great for discussion. It makes the children think. The children like to take it home and see if their parents can answer it.”
“I like everything about the puzzlers!”
“It is quick to use. It connects school learning with home. It makes kids question their assumptions.”
“They are a great addition to our science curriculum and they get the students thinking.”
“Easy to use and makes the children think and perhaps use the internet to find the answer if they don't know.”
“The questions are interesting and make the students and their parents think like scientists.”
“Interesting to students and easy to use”
“The Cogno's Challenge is very thought provoking.”
“I like having this to use as a weekly science question. I like having the answer in simple terms and the pictures to use to help explain some things.”
“It's challenging and makes students think.”
“Informational to students, interesting for students”
“The range in topics keeps the kids on their toes!”
“I have sent it to other teachers to use as I think it encourages critical thinking and student discourse.”
“The challenges are thought provoking and enable further discussion about topics taught or about to be taught.”
“I use them in my class to stimulate discussion and make math connections. The challenges have created some strong debates in my class. They encourage students to research information about the topics presented in the challenge.”
“The range of concepts covered is great. They are a fun approach to science.”
“It is a quick activity that enhances discussion among the students and brings up some questions that otherwise would not be asked.”
“The challenges promote high-level thinking. The children have great discussions and at times have to do some research themselves. Many of the challenges tie in with our Sunshine State Standards (Florida). The children like to go home and challenge their parents!”
“The questions are challenging and the students love researching the answers on the internet.”
“Cute presentation, fun questions and the great explanation that goes with it”
“Love the imagination and creative thinking”
“It provides students with higher level thinking questions.”
“I just started receiving Cogno's Challenge, but I love the open-endedness of the questions that get kids thinking!!”
“Interesting questions, fits into our study of space”
“Fits very well with 5th grade science standards, allows family input, students enjoy the new characters each week”
“It's fun, easy and a quick … an engaging activity for students.”
“They are quick and easy and can fit in anywhere. They also start conversations on topics we do not cover.”
“The puzzlers are nice change. It gets the kids talking. I have the gifted cluster and they love puzzles.”
“It gets the students to use critical thinking.”
“The fact that it is science and math oriented; the emphasis on critical thinking, which my kids lack for the most part”
“The subjects are topics which are grade appropriate and timely.”
“Earth science is a content area that we are weak in, so the puzzlers help.”
“The critical thinking needed and the discussions that the questions provoke are excellent.”
“Students get excited about the topics and they discuss among themselves and then take it home to talk with parents. Kind of like a mini-home version of ‘Are you as smart as a 5th grader?’”
“The fact that it gets the students thinking; they use deeper thinking than they normally would in a regular science class. Also, the questions always seem to start a discussion with even more questions about the same material.”
“It is a great tool for Science Lab. We use it in conjunction with lesson plans during other space activities.”
“Helps students use problem solving skills and cooperative learning skills.”
“The questions are open-ended, inviting students to share various and often opposing views of the answer/solution.”
“The questions often reinforce concepts we have studied in science. It's a fun way to review and/or think about the science in a new way.”
“It is a good review for concepts we have already covered.”
“It is different and allows students to use common sense in a unique way.”
“It is open-ended and the kids get to really think and share their hypotheses.”
“The students are learning to THINK! They are using what they already know and extrapolating to try to figure out the answer. They need more of this kind of brain stimulation!”
“It is nice to have a good weekly source of the challenges come to me so I don't have to go searching for something like it.”
“It makes children use critical thinking skills to solve problems. The problems are used in conjunction with the units we are studying.”
“It is a good opportunity to stimulate my children's science thinking in many directions.”
“The kids like it and it challenges them to think outside the box!”
“It's a fun way to teach a state benchmark.”
“It is a fun way to introduce science skills and it brings interesting discussions.”
“Love the take home sheet. It's not too hard for my third graders. They can find the answers with some direction. This usually gets families talking.”
“It is a great way to review concepts that I have already taught.”
“The students learn from them and have fun at the same time.”
“What I love is that the students need to think about the answer. I insist on them writing down why they think what they think. Your answers help me because I don't have to go look up the explanation. By the way, I do tell them the question was sent to me by Cogno, who has good games.”
“New topics that kids actually think about in everyday life”
“I teach science and the challenges offer a different way to reinforce the material that I give students in the classroom.”
“It is challenging and stimulates the students to research and learn things on their own.”
“It's a unique and fun way to discuss science.”
“Covers ideas that make students ponder and apply what they have been learning”
“The connection with the curriculum; how it is presented to the students”
“It is cleverly presented and offers the students a chance to think about something in a new way.”
“I like the ‘fun’ aspect of the science challenges.”
“They are challenging and interesting.”
“Science-related, extends learning, challenging”
“I always appreciate anything that encourages students to THINK.”
“The questions are varied and promote discussion. Some of my lower students and those who don't normally raise their hands have given me very detailed answers.”
“It is fun and has a variety of subjects. It forces students to think and research.”
“They are fun and educational for the students.”
“It's a break from the every day types of activities...it gets the students talking.”
“They help the students use scientific thinking and problem solving techniques. It also helps them to discuss differing opinions.”
“It's fun and exciting and my students love them.”
“It gets the students thinking! There are so many things out there that give them hints & don't require them to think things through.”
“It makes my students think and we have had very good science discussions.”
“Thinking ‘outside the box’”
“It is a good review for concepts I've covered and it extends the concepts by putting them in a different context from which I have taught them, so it makes students think about the same content in different ways.”
“Great, since space is especially interesting to many school children and space is a subject we are looking at in this year level.”
“Higher order thinking skills”
“Makes the kids think”
“The kids look forward to each week's puzzle without thinking they are doing science.”
“It is fun for the kids and easy to use.”
“It provides questions that help students explore their concepts regarding science. It really hits at some basic ideas.”
“It is a great warm-up activity and it gets the students thinking.”
“The challenges do make students think. It challenges some of the misconceptions they have.”
“Students love the illustrations and the questions are funny to them but require scientific thinking.”
“It gives my students a science concept they can have fun with.”
“Interesting pictures illustrate the questions.”
“It's easy to use, challenging and fun for the students.”
“It is interesting and fun for the students.”
“Child friendly; easy to use”
“They are set at a good challenge level - cartoon type picture appeals to children. Answer information provided is clear and easy to understand. Provokes discussion.”
“Often sparks discussion not only within the classroom but also within families as well. At the moment I distribute it to not only my own class but to four others within the school.”
“Great questions that require research and thinking”
“How fun it is!”
“The students are engaged in learning while using the Cogno game and weekly brain-teasers.”
“I love the variety of the questions and the way most of the questions get the students talking about the topic or other related information.”
“They cover a variety of concepts which allow for deeper understanding.”
“A variety of stimulating quick activities can be a lifesaver for a teacher, particularly newer teachers.”
“Something new every week”
“I like the aspect of getting a group discussion going about the solution to a particular challenge. It creates an atmosphere where students learn to share their ideas in a way that is understandable and beneficial to others.”
“It is edutainment.”
“Many topics applicable to curriculum; good starter for discussion; helps identify student's underlying misunderstandings; requires students to express themselves clearly”
“The students like the characters.”
“The questions are good. The students have fun coloring the picture, and you can use is as an adaption to your curriculum.”
“I just like it.”
“I like to use it for more information for my students.”
“I teach Astronomy as a unit so it fits wonderfully into my curriculum. The questions are fun and the explanation helps solidify the topic.”
“Fun picture format; good explanations”
“The funny graphics that go with the questions”
“Gets the students thinking; use as a bell ringer to start them off thinking and stretching their minds”
“They make students think and argue (in a good way)!”
“Encourages critical thinking and application of skills learned in science class”
“It is a great way to introduce vocabulary words. It is also useful as fillers for those students who complete work early.”
“It creates a great dialogue in the classroom!”
“Relevant; makes students think; students compete to answer the questions”
“As a teacher, you do not need to come up with your own.”
“I think they are fun and generate discussion and interest.”
“It covers topics not in my curriculum needed for standard state assessments.”
“It is free, stimulating and encourages parents and students to talk about science matters.”
“Deeper thinking into the 'why' of things is encouraged.”
“Anything to promote ‘thinking’, not just a ‘seek and find’ answer (comprehension)”
“The content is applicable to our curriculum and the puzzles get the student's attention. Kids are interested and eager.”
“I like that the questions challenge misconceptions. I also like that they include pictures to aid understanding.”
“Most of the challenges are geared towards elementary, and I would recommend it to our elementary teachers as a good starter to lessons.”
“The questions are beneficial and make the students think, but they are not always as challenging as I would like them to be. Most of my kids get the answer right away.”
“Just a good attention grabbing slice of a topic - things you know you should use but often don't have time to find/research.”
“Another tool to excite students.”
“Questions are thought provoking and original.”
“It makes them stop and think. They have to analyze the info and think back to previously learned material.”
“The opportunity to promote science and stimulate an interest”
“I think they are fun. They are an opportunity for those who need more of a challenge to have a task.”
“I love receiving the e-mail challenges. It gives me a weekly activity to do with the students and I don't have to search for one.”
“They can extend more capable students.”
“It allows the teacher to cater for a wide range of levels in the classroom. Although not all students may arrive at the correct answer, it allows them time to investigate, discuss and refine their own thinking about problems.”
“Broad range of topics, fun graphics, interesting topics”
“They add another dimension to critical thinking for my students.”
“It is another way to challenge my students to think!”
“A variety of topics, entertaining for students”
“It's easy to use, fun for the students and a good time-filler.”
“The challenge is one more opportunity to engage students in scientific discussion.”
“It is challenging and fun, and brings parents into the experience.”
“It gets kids talking about science. It's a short topic that they can address without a lot of effort, and that addresses many misconceptions students have about the world in which they live. Also, the topics are varied.”
“It gets students to think about topics they have covered, are covering, and will cover.”
“They help you to think in a creative manner.”
“Easy, fun and educational, easy to incorporate into a differentiated classroom”
“Anything that gets my kids thinking for themselves is of value.”
“It's quick and leads into interesting questions and discussions. It can open up gaps where there are misconceptions about concepts. Students like to challenge their families as well.”
“Extra problem-solving activity”
“It is fun for the kids. It can be integrated as you see fit.”
“It can get the students thinking and students get interested (even start asking questions that stem from the challenge).”
“The students like that they need to use critical thinking skills.”
“It is a great way to get the students' brains turned on before starting a lesson.”
“Good review of concepts. Also, addresses misconceptions that people in general have.”
“Good scientific reasoning skills (process skills) are used.”
“Because it can initiate some interesting discussions and exposes kids to another consideration about many of the topics we explore in class.”
“It is exciting for the students once they complete a challenge.”
“The students think they know an answer and discuss their ideas. Then they research and discuss what they find.”
“I like the stimulating questions that kids wouldn't think of and the challenge it brings them to come up with their own answer.”
“The coloring part is good for all ages and the questions are thought provoking. I know a 1st grade teacher who uses them and some of her kids look up the answers on the internet. I like that my kids think about science.”
“It’s interactive and exciting.”
“The puzzles make students think and many students want the answer without thinking.”
“Creative, challenging and fun”
“Questions and answers are provided in an easy to use format. Educationally challenging and engaging.”
“The children are enthusiastic and keen to complete the puzzles. It makes the students think in a broader and more relevant way.”
“The different ideas it generates are amazing.”
“It asks questions my kids don't get asked in school, so it makes them do their own research and think outside the box.”
“Students are certain they know the answer, and are often shocked to find out they are wrong. They understand the explanation, and it prompts them to ask many further questions.”
“It is fun for the children with great drawings and one well written question per week. It's something totally different to anything else and the challenge idea is very appealing to 11 and 12 year olds, especially once they know the answer and can become the expert when they take the challenge home to their family. I like the fact that it is free and ready to use with the click of a button.”
“It provides the opportunity for children to present their option. Then they realise there is the need to present reasons for their option. At times they need to research why they hold to that thought. Sometimes they have no idea as they had never considered the idea presented by the question.”
“If teachers are looking for stimulating discussion questions that open up other fields of thought, they are useful.”
“The variety of topics covered and the entertaining way items are presented to the students, very well aimed at the target audience.”
‘The fact that students can answer at a depth to suit their own level. Therefore all students can participate.”
“Fun, easy and convenient answers provided!”
“Encourages students to think critically and do research.”
“The challenges are well thought out, and provide a good science puzzle to keep my kids interested.”
“They're easy to use.”
“Most of my students are excited when they know that is what we are doing. It gives them a chance to see real life science.”
“It is a very good homework task for the students to research the answer on the internet.”
“It requires students to do more than just recall information.”
“Entertaining way to discuss topics I might not get to teach or review.”
“The challenges require higher level thinking, not just recall of content. They are also useful to use in group challenges.”
“It is easy and usually sparks an interest in many students.”
“They are great out of the box questions.”
“They make really good lesson starters for my year 9 (12-13 year olds) class.”
“Interesting and informative facts and information and it stimulates the student's thinking and processing skills.”
“Use of critical thinking skills - also allows for students to interact by sharing their ideas/knowledge with each other. It is also a reinforcement tool.”
“I use it as a focus. It causes the students to focus, think and get ready for science.”
“Application of concepts in a new situation”
“The student's enjoy them and we are required to do monthly parent involvement activities, these are great.”
“Students like the cartoon style of the questions and it sometimes stimulates other questions for the group.”
“Sparks curiosity amongst students and paves the way for discussion.”
“It's a great way to engage learners in scientific concepts.”
“Makes students think and gives them scientific knowledge in a fun way.”
“It makes the students think. It encourages discussion and generates a lot of interest. The answers also provide a detailed reasoning which helps the students and the teachers.”
“It makes the students verbalize what they are thinking when they explain why their answers are correct.”
“Motivates the students and challenges their scientific thinking skills.”
“Easy to present and relevant for the students”
“The topics are thought-provoking and relevant.”
“It is different from other puzzles/problems that students are presented with, generally.”
“It is fun and interesting.”
“It is a great bell-ringer to focus my students and to review concepts that are on the state tests that I am not currently teaching.”
“Adds to our thinking tools programme”
“Quick and easy to use - great as a warm-up. I will use it more often during our space unit. It has stimulated a lot of interesting conversations.”
“It is well thought out, factual, entertaining and FUN!”
“It makes students apply skills instead of having to give an answer that has been memorized.”
“I like activities that encourage student thinking.”
“It is an alternative way to get kids thinking.”
“I like getting the answers fully explained so I can photocopy that and put it out to the kids later...”
“The interesting nature of the challengers - things we don't normally think about.”
“It is a good source of open ended questions that generate stimulating classroom discussion. I like the fact that the solutions are provided with explanation so that I can use it, even if it is outside my area of expertise.”
“It makes the students think outside the ‘norm’.”
“The content interwoven in an exciting cartoon-ish picture”
“They help reinforce standards and help me to check for student understanding and misconceptions.”
“It seems to fit well into my curriculum for Earth Science and Physical Science. It is a great activity to begin a class, to pique student interest and lead into the concepts for the day.”
“Good warm-up activity while students are getting settled.”
“Some of the questions stimulate good thinking skills.”
“It interests the students and really promotes higher level thinking skills.”
“It is a challenging question that usually produces thought for my higher and lower students, but my lower students do not become frustrated because of too many questions. It also gives an explanation for the teachers!!!! Love that.”
“It makes you thing of not just the specific objectives we are teaching.”
“Covers areas of science not hit in my curriculum - causes the students to THINK!”
“Short and simple, great starters”
“They are great starters or can be an all class period exercise.”
“It is short, and makes a good lesson opener or bell-ringer.”
“It makes the students think in a fun way. It leads to a lot of discussion.”
“The interest students show in the questions ... They are discussing and looking for answers and it brings about lively interaction within the class.”
“Engaging creatures... interesting topics”
“The application of information we are covering in class. The opportunity for the students to go home and share what they are learning.”
“It engages the students.”
“I like the variety of questions and topics that it covers.”
“Higher order thinking”
“They are age appropriate and easily accessed.”
“It aligns with the curriculum-- students enjoy the challenges.”
“I like the way it gets the students thinking scientifically.”
“I like the way it promotes higher level thinking skills.”
“It's simple and gets the kids thinking.”
“The students think of different ideas to solve to question.”
“It makes the students really think about their knowledge of science and this gives them the opportunity to use that knowledge.”
“It is something fun and challenging to get my students thinking!”
“It makes the students think and reason.”
“Great critical thinking questions”
“The questions are a challenge for the students, not just quick easy answers. The challenges, however, relate to the concepts that are being taught in my classes.”
“I'm using these questions as a once a week review for state science tests that cover topics not covered in my curriculum.”
“Excellent questions to challenge students scientific reasoning.”
“They are interesting and challenging.”
“They take the time to think scientifically. It makes for wonderful discussions.”
“It reinforces concepts that I am not currently teaching. My classes debate the question and it stimulates discussions.”
“I like how I can use it as an anticipatory activity.”
“The convenience is great, and it’s a fun way to review content”
“Format appeals to kids; questions are a good level, makes nice bonus questions for tests.”
“I think they get the kids thinking and it is something different, challenging.”
“A different thing to do…sometimes it makes the kids use cognitive skills. They love sharing their accomplishments.”
“I like the fact that they are thinking questions. The kids actually have to use their brain to come up with an answer.”
“The questions make the students stop and think.”
“The puzzles are thought-provoking and force the students to apply what we have been studying in the book.”
“The higher level of thinking that makes the students work.”
“The problems can be used as a warm-up taking only a couple of minutes of time, or they can be used as a springboard for in-depth discussions.”
“I have recommended the Cogno Challenge to my colleagues because it approaches the application of science concepts in a user-friendly manner. The students enjoy the puzzles and are learning from them.”
“It stimulates conversation about related science topics.”
“The puzzlers are fun, but they are also interesting. I love them because they are short.”
“It is engaging to the student. They seem to enjoy the illustrations and forget they are doing "work". They also like to go home and stump their parents.”
“It is a fun energizer to start class.”
“They are an excellent way to bring more information into the curriculum, they are creative and fun; although they are "challenging" some of the students have acquired knowledge on that topic it gives them an opportunity to showcase that knowledge.”
“They are good for making the students think.”
“Learning in a fun way…makes it not seem like work.”
“Kids like them, reading their answers you can address misconceptions”
“I use it for extra credit in my science class. It gets my students thinking even if they get it wrong. When we go over the answers, it touches on topic we don't necessarily cover in our curriculum.”
“It pertains to so many of the benchmarks that we are teaching. It also gets them out of the textbook and thinking outside the box.”
“They are helping my students to develop their scientific thinking and reasoning skills.”
“It is different and refreshing.”
“Good discussion starters”
“It's a quick intro task that gets students thinking.”
“Gets kids interested”
“The questions are relating to the real world and some students may have thought about asking the questions. It also gives a review for an area of science.”
“The students are motivated by the way the questions are presented as well as by the challenge.”
“Easy access, no work involved, appropriate student level”
“The individual question format is simple, but I use them to stimulate review of concepts from other years, as a topic for a short paragraph, or some other way to briefly review for our state tests. Cogno Challenges are not threatening to my students so they all try them.”
“Very interesting and pertains to what I teach”
“The questions really make the students think.”
“It is very good for the kids and they love it”
“Good questions, fun illustrations”
“It provides my students with an opportunity to learn about scientific principles that we would otherwise not discuss in our classroom because it isn't in our curriculum.”
“It is challenging for the students - something new!”
“It covers various areas, some that provide a review from prior grades.”
“I like the simplicity. The students like the diagrams. Pictures always help retain student interest.”
“Students really enjoy the break from lecture and assignments.”
“Students have to think through the questions and sometimes do a little research.”
“They are great to encourage students to problem solve and think at a higher level.”
“The questions get the students thinking about science. This is always a good thing.”
“The ideas are thought provoking and encourage immediate discussion among those looking at the puzzle.”
“I teach Gifted 7th graders and they've never backed down from a CHALLENGE. They won't let me give them the answers - they keep going until they answer them. My one standard class doesn't solve them on their own - they do so with me.”
“It provides an outside challenge whether it correlates with our unit or not.”
“Always a clever portrayal of a science concept”
“The questions are often relevant to our curriculum and make good application-type questions for a warm-up, review or to stimulate discussion.”
“They cover misconceptions that kids have.”
“They are thought provoking and outside the box. The students truly need to apply their knowledge in order to answer the questions.”
“Topics are easy to fit into our curriculum and thought provoking in
“Very applicable to our curriculum; higher level thinking skills are incorporated; a different way of covering a topic”
“The students learn and have fun!”
“It is a fun way to get students to think.”
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