Teacher Review for Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds rocket into space

Barry K.
Technology coordinator
Hathaway Brown High School
Shaker Heights, United States
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
More teachers are finding ways to use video games to engage and motivate students. Angry Birds Space is one of those games. The primary use can be in a physics or math class. No matter the age of the students, Angry Birds Space provides students the opportunity to have fun while also investigating motion, angles, and other forces. A classroom teacher could provide students time to play both Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space. By playing both games, students will start to really see the implications of the low-gravity environment of space versus gravity here on earth. Math can be involved in this investigation as well. Students can collect a variety of data while playing the game and analyze the data with other students in the class. By leveraging the excitement of a video game, teachers can make the learning of basic physics concepts and math much more interesting.
My Take
Angry Birds has been a hugely successful game on mobile devices. It has been so successful that there are different variations of the game (Angry Birds Seasons, Rio, Space, Star Wars), plush toys, and even an Angry Bird animated television series. Most people cannot fathom how this game can be used in the classroom. However, there is a movement of educators who are leveraging the power of this game in their classroom to help students understand how physics works. Students can learn about gravity, force, and wind resistance by playing the game. Angry Birds Space, the newest variation of the game, takes place in space. This means that the typical implications of gravity, force, and wind resistance are different. Instead, students who play the game have to adjust for low-gravity situations and consider how objects orbit around planets. The popularity of Angry Birds Space even made it to space. During a stay on the International Space Station, Don Pettit demonstrated trajectories in space by tossing a Red Bird through the space station.