In Filament Games’ latest release, Planet Mechanic, students learn about planets by helping an alien race choose the conditions of its home world. By experimenting with a planet’s core attributes, manipulating its atmosphere, tilt, rotation and lunar cycles, students see firsthand how these factors change temperature, time and seasons. Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy, the game encourages players to learn how the Earth-sun-moon system affects the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. It also teaches students how gravity affects the motions of planets and other objects within galaxies and the solar system. Like other Filament Games titles, Planet Mechanic is equipped with a Teacher Dashboard that allows teachers to check in on student progress by giving real-time insight into which learning objectives their students have encountered. The Teacher Dashboard informs teachers exactly where students are struggling so that instructors can provide timely intervention when students need it the most. An out of this world experience that keeps students grounded in solid science basics from some very intelligent and creative earthlings, check it out for yourself.
By: Victor Rivero