Teacher Review For Contraption Maker

The computer class classic is better than ever!

Kelly A.
Classroom teacher
Ladue Middle School
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Almost everyone who took a computer class in the late 90s probably has fond memories of The Incredible Machine. Contraption Maker is a fantastic update to the original game. This game could fit in a variety of school settings - science, tech class, summer learning, after-school, and more. On the surface, this game is about basic concepts in physics like gravity and velocity, but the underlying creative thinking and problem-solving skills are universal. While the game is structured enough that students won't find it too hard, it's open-ended enough that advanced learners will never be bored.
My Take
All of the features that made the original Incredible Machine game are still present in Contraption Maker and enhanced by the online community. This game is a fantastic way for students to solve problems and share their solutions with a larger audience. The options in this game make it appealing for all learners - whether in puzzle mode or free-form creation, every student will be engaged by Contraption Maker. It's a perfect fit for students in upper elementary through middle school.