Two Math Games
Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:30 PM
I've majorly updated a couple of long-standing math games in the Sandbox:
Math Quest 1.3:
This version includes streamlined controls and graphics, an improved menu system and printable instructions.
Space Simulator 2.0:
This version includes images from NASA (which are in the public domain), improved mini-maps, detailed notes, orbital paths and a printable mathematics activity supplement.
Let me know what you think!
Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:11 PM
The space sim game was fun and could be educational if players bother to read the note sheets. That's always a challenge for educational games. Beyond that, you could improve the rocket graphics and make a better simulation of the exhaust. (Of course, if you purchased GM:Standard, you'd have particle effects -- and those work great for things like smoke and exhaust. )
But the game is still pretty good.
I wasn't as impressed with the math game -- although I didn't spend that much time with it. The mechanical "adding machine" made me chuckle though. Not sure how many people today would recognize one of those.
And the questions seemed a bit too simple, even for young children. But maybe I just didn't play long enough.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:00 PM
As for the comments on the Space Simulator:
There is a printable mathematics activity bundled with the game. My idea was that teachers could use it to supplement the game.
And on the comments about Math Quest:
The questions do get more difficult, progressing from simple addition to longer addition problems (i.e. 35+48), subtraction and longer subtraction problems (i.e. 73-29), multiplication and longer multiplication, division and longer division, integer operations, solving one-step equations (i.e. x+3=12 or -5x=35) and solving proportions (i.e. 3/12 = x/20).
There is also a bit of a story uncovered by checking messages on computers stationed throughout the game.
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