It would be a great way to introduce the idea of force and motion or as a review at the end of a unit on that topic. Students may find it valuable to repeat the game once they have a greater understanding of how the scientific principles behind force work. Teachers could encourage students to design their own puzzles, or to put the forces to work in the classroom by designing models with marbles and blocks to replicate the game's experience.Continue reading Show less
SpaceForce begins with a comics-style introduction to the game's story, but unfortunately this story has little to do with the gameplay. During play, students solve a variety of puzzles requiring them to place the direction and strength of a force that moves an object toward its goal. As puzzles increase in difficulty, students get new challenges: They might have to place the goal instead of the force, or an unruly meteor may interrupt the object's path.
SpaceForce generally does a good job of what it sets out to do: introduce physics concepts to young children. Concepts are clear and feature fairly engaging puzzles students will enjoy solving. That said, the game contains little connection to the story, and students will probably not find the experience particularly memorable. In addition, many of the games, rather than requiring a thorough understanding of the physics behind the puzzles, can be completed by guessing and checking.
Key Standards Supported
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.
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.
Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
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