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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Simple Machines - Fun Game for Learning About Physics

Earlier this week I wrote about Code Fred from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Code Fred is a fun game for learning about the human respiratory system. This afternoon I had a bit of fun playing Simple Machines which is another game from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

Simple Machines is a game that is designed to help students learn about the basic physics principles involved in the use of levels, pulleys, planes, axles, and wheels. The object of the game is to help a robot character named Twitch gather the pieces needed to make a simple machine. In order to gather the pieces students have to help Twitch climb over objects using inclined planes, roll to objects as efficiently as possible, and lift objects by using pulleys and levers.

Applications for Education
Simple Machines could be a fun game to use as the introduction to an elementary school lesson about levers, pulleys, and basic physics principles. At the end of each section of the game students can read a short lesson about the planes, levers, pulleys, wheels, and axles.

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Morrison ponders the frozen pond.
Good afternoon from Greenwood, Maine. I'm a little late on posting this week's review post because I was so excited to go ice fishing for the first time this winter that I rushed out this morning without even looking at a computer. Now that we're back from ice fishing (no fish were caught), it's time to publish the list of this week's most popular posts. And wherever you are in the world today, I hope that you're making time to do something fun too.

Here are this week's most popular posts: 
1. Share ThingLink Images in Edmodo
2. Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
3. Perfect Pitch - A Game for Learning About Musical Instruments
4. Three Tools Students Can Use for Collaboratively Brainstorming on the Web
5. 26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Ways to Make Comics Online
6. Crunchzilla's Code Monster Teaches Kids Javascript Programming
7. Use Wolfram Alpha to Create a Strong Password

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