What it is: I love Twitter, not just for the ability to keep up with what everyone is doing at any given time during the day, but also because I learn about cool technology like Fantastic Contraption from my PLN (personal learning network). Fantastic Contraption is a fun online game/puzzle, that teaches kids some physics basics. Essentially students are trying to get a ball from one box to another using different tools to do so. The puzzles get increasingly difficult with obstacles between the boxes. This is an addicting puzzle and logic game!
How to integrate Fantastic Contraption into the classroom: Even if you are not teaching your students physics, Fantastic Contraption should definitely make an appearance in your classroom. Even students who have never had a physics class can play this game (3rd-12th grade) because knowledge of physics is not necessary to work out the puzzles. Students can figure out the puzzle through trial and error. What I love about the game is the way that it teaches students how it works through step by step directions on the first two logic puzzles. This is a great exercise to get your students thinking outside the box and using critical thinking and logic skills. Use Fantastic Contraption as a year long go to game for free time, snow days, and brain warm up before math or science. Your students will love this one!
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