Saturday, November 17, 2012

Games for Teaching Students About Balance and Stability

Rumble Blocks and Beanstalk are educational games developed and produced by DARPA's Engage Program. The games are designed for elementary school students to play to learn about and reinforce the concepts of balance and stability.

In Rumble Blocks students build towers by moving and placing a series of blocks. The object of the game is to build a tower that is tall enough and stable enough to support a "friendly alien's" spaceship.

In Beanstalk students balance flowers and bugs on a plank that is supported by a beanstalk. The better students get at balancing the plank, the taller the beanstalk grows.

Applications for Education
Rumble Blocks and Beanstalk are simple games that can be used to reinforce the principles taught in the hands-on lessons on which the games are based. Get the Rumble Blocks lesson plan here. Click here for the Beanstalk lesson plan.