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Space Engineers: out of This World Learning Game

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naperlou
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teching physics through games
naperlou   12/2/2013 11:01:27 AM
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Cabe, I have a couple of boys who are into games and use Steam.  There is another game there that allows one to build rockets, launched from earth.  The game is very accurate in the physics of the rockets.  It is fun for them to try different things and to see what happens.  What is great is that within the game/simulator you can fail without consequences and see what caused that failure.  This is a great exploratory way to learn.

There is another game, mining with blocks.  It turns out that someone created electronic circuit components for the game.  My younger son built a simple computer with these. 

It can be a great learning tool, I agree.

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Re: teching physics through games
knreid   12/3/2013 10:44:06 AM
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Naperlou:

What is the name of the game there that allows one to build rockets, launched from earth?   Where can I get it?

 

Karl Reid

karl.reid@okstate.edu

naperlou
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naperlou   12/3/2013 3:49:51 PM
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I am informed that the game is Kerbal Space Program and it is on Steam.

Mydesign
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Video Games in poistive manner
Mydesign   12/3/2013 12:27:24 AM
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"over the years there have been many studies that have shown the complete opposite. Video games can teach kids to follow instructions, increase problem-solving and logic skills, and increase hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills."

Cabe, that's a new knowledge and interesting. I heard most of the parents are screaming about video games; kids are wasting time and energy for that. Hope this news can provide a small relief to such screaming parents.

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flight simulator
Habib Tariq   12/7/2013 8:13:03 PM
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When I got my first computer, my dad was very much against using it just for gaming purposes. So I remember buying a game "Flight simulator". The game had a pretty realistic touch to it with a full cockpit view from inside. The aim of the game was manage a successful flight from taking off to landing. Later I learned that beginner pilots used the advance form of this game in their training as well. The game really helped me develop my interest in airplanes.

So games with some form of learning included in them can really help someone develop interest in a particular topic. 

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