Teacher Review For SimpleRockets

Fun interactive building and learning game

Erin W.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades Pre-K, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
This app could be used in physics classes or math and science classes. Students use the app to build rockets and then can launch, orbit, dock and land the rockets. They have to figure out designs to make a survivable rocket and then can see how different designs orbit differently, have different trajectories, etc. The graphics for this game are crystal clear and engaging, and there are enough options, from basic to advanced, to keep students interested for many sessions.
My Take
I think this app could be very useful to reinforce physics classes, however, there needs to be some direction/ information from the teacher about why certain rocket designs don't work, why others work better, etc. The app doesn't TEACH, it only reinforces what students would be learning in a physics or advanced science class.