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.
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.