Use Inventioneers as a support tool during a unit about forces and motion. Start by having kids work in teams using the Create mode. This will get them used to the features of the app and how the tools and special powers work. Then, as kids learn more about the physics concepts, challenge them to work (independently if possible) to complete a task. Come together as a class and discuss the task and how forces and motion were used to complete the task. Continue with more challenging levels as you work through the unit.Continue reading Show less
Kids can either create their own inventions or build inventions to accomplish a given task. In Create mode, kids can add a user name, create their own inventions, and share them with friends. In the other mode, kids are provided with a set of tools and helpers called "Inventioneers" that have special powers like the ability to blow, burn, or freeze objects. Kids must arrange the tools and helpers to create an invention that will accomplish a specific task. For example, in one task, kids are given a piece of cheese shaped like a ramp and an Inventioneer that can blow objects. Kids have to arrange them in such a way that will help (gently) blow a cat out of a tree so it falls safely into a basket below. When kids are ready to test their inventions, they push a play button. If the work is unsuccessful, kids can redesign their inventions over and over as they wish, which reinforces the importance of trial and error. There are eight themed chapters of play, with several levels to complete within each chapter.
Kids learn by doing, which is the focus of this incredibly engaging game that addresses engineering practices aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Kids can learn about various physics and engineering concepts through exploration and experimentation. Kids use their knowledge of forces and motion as they create the inventions, and they get to observe how parts of a system interact. Some inventions involve pulleys, gears, and rope swings, teaching kids about simple machines. Overall, Inventioneers provides an excellent platform for kids to build problem-solving and strategic thinking skills with a focus on engineering.
Key Standards Supported
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.
Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.
Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
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