Physics challenge online!


January 23, 2009
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Allison
Authored By Allison Kellogg

After volunteering at HMNS since 1993, Allison joined HMNS full time in 2003. Her current job responsibilities include curating the education collections and keeping the summer camp classrooms stocked with materials, facilitating Education special events, and coordinating the Museum's overnight program. In her "spare time" she volunteers with the Junior League of Houston and spends her time in artistic pursuits.

Crayon Tips
Creative Commons License photo credit: laffy4k

I am the first to admit that I am not very skilled (or interested to be honest with you) when it comes to video or computer games. Recently, one of our Education staff members (his name is Ben, he works with our live animal collection!) told us about an online game that actually seems to be a great way to get folks excited about physics problem solving!

The game that was first mentioned is called “Crayon Physics.” It’s actually really cool. You draw shapes and use gravity, wedges, and simple machines to move something from point A to point B and move on to the next level. There is a really neat video you can watch so that you can get an idea of how the game works. We also found a similar game that’s also online called Magic Pen

I’m not sure what the differences are but I’m sure our beloved blog readers who are excited about playing online games can hopefully check them out and let us know which provides you with the MOST FUN way to learn about physics and simple machines!!

One response to “Physics challenge online!”

  1. Franny says:

    I really liked playing the Magic Pen! I got stumped on level 5 for a while, but once I got past it, I moved on to level 12. I think you have to get a red box (instead of a red ball) to the flag in this level, but I don’t know. I had to finally quit so I could go eat!

    Anyways – I really liked it and would still like to try the Crayon Physics game.

    Good find, Ben!

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