Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills. By Tanner Higgin, Graphite Chances are, if you have a smartphone or tablet, you’ve played Angry Birds.
While Candy Crush Saga might currently top the charts, Angry Birds is the best selling app of all time. From an educator’s perspective, what’s exciting about Angry Birds’ popularity versus something like Candy Crush is that getting good at Angry Birds means skillfully – and often unconsciously – using conceptual physics knowledge. It’s something video games have been doing for years, but Angry Birds brought it to a mass audience, sneaking a bit of science into many students’ digital diets. Here are five other games for the Angry Birds fan that do an even better job of integrating physics and problem solving into addictive, just-one-more-try experiences. 1.
The first of two indie classics on this list, Crayon Physics Deluxe might be five years old, but it has aged well. 2. 3. Roller coasters have long been a favorite example for physics teachers. 4. 5. Physics - Content by Unit. The surprising discovery that the universe is not static resulted from a long series of observational developments in astronomy.
Establishing the distances to other galaxies and their recession from us was the work of many minds and hands. Building telescopes, making instruments to record and analyze the light they gather, deducing the properties of bright stars, applying measurements of those stars to measure distances, and heroic efforts to measure the spectra of galaxies all built the foundation for the discovery of cosmic expansion. Figure 4: Edwin Hubble at the telescope. Source: © AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. MIT TechTV – Collection MIT+K12: FINALS (102 videos) Physics teaching resources. Five-Minute Film Festival: The Science of Sports. Editor's Note: VideoAmy here ...
I'm excited to have Edutopia's new Web Video Strategy Coordinator, Keyana Stevens, guest curating today's Five-Minute Film Festival. You may be seeing more of Keyana in this space moving forward, I'm sure you'll love her picks as much as I do! All the attention around the World Cup last month got me thinking: sports offers a perfect opportunity to explore scientific concepts like force, motion, potential energy, velocity, and torque. Use these videos to inspire your students to look beyond the surface of the game's latest score and find out why a ball bounces, how physics keeps a bike upright, and how a football slices through the air to travel long distances.
You just might be able to spark a sporty kid's interest in science -- or vice versa! Video Playlist: The Science of Sports Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. Why Do We Play Games? More Resources for Exploring Science and Sports. The Powder Toy - Download. If superpowers were real: Flight - Joy Lin. What Is the Higgs? - Interactive Graphic. Higgs Boson - Why is it a big deal? Let's use Justin Bieber to help explain. Science - Digital Education Resources.
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