Site URL: NoNameSite.com
Content: NoNameSite is a game site and community for inspiring computer science, science, technology, engineering and math skill development in middle-school and high-school students. NoNameSite was developed and is maintained by TopCoder with the support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and is aimed at empowering kids to exercise and develop their minds through games and challenges in a competitive but safe online environment.
Design: The overall look of the site is clean and bright. The homepage features a huge, dominating scroller that offers links to the most highly promoted games. Navigating to a game page is very easy, as links are offered right beneath the scroller. Users are also offered paths to blogs and contests from the homepage.
The games pages are equally clean, and the games themselves are both fun and easily played. The controls are not clunky and make for an enjoyable experience, even on a less-than-perfect computer.
Review: The platform serves grades 6-12 by providing an ever-changing range of dynamic and fun activities that have the potential to develop innovative thinking and become building blocks for increasingly complex CS-STEM-centric challenges. Measurement and value analysis programs are matched with incentives to maintain long-term player engagement. (That is just a fancy way of saying there is real science behind the games and that they are designed to boost student performance.).
Bottom Line: NoNameSite offers a quality, educational gaming experience. There certainly are much worse ways students can spend time playing games online.