TinkerBox HD

TinkerBox HD allows students to experiment with basic engineering concepts in either the Invent or Puzzles mode. Using a collection of balls, bolts, motors, ramps, boxes, trampolines, ropes, chains, and more, TinkerBox HD allows users to test out theories about weight, gravity, momentum, etc. outside the confines of a lab. The Puzzles mode sets users up with a beginning action (e.g., a ball falling) and an instructed end result (e.g., sorting different sized balls into different buckets). Users then engage the tools in each level to engineer the desired result. Solutions can be complex or simple, but all…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.7
B. Design - 7
C. Engagement - 6.6

6.4

TinkerBox HD: An App for Physics

Summary : “Mousetrap” style physics and engineering!

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TinkerBox HD allows students to experiment with basic engineering concepts in either the Invent or Puzzles mode. Using a collection of balls, bolts, motors, ramps, boxes, trampolines, ropes, chains, and more, TinkerBox HD allows users to test out theories about weight, gravity, momentum, etc. outside the confines of a lab. The Puzzles mode sets users up with a beginning action (e.g., a ball falling) and an instructed end result (e.g., sorting different sized balls into different buckets). Users then engage the tools in each level to engineer the desired result. Solutions can be complex or simple, but all must be scientifically considered, which requires users to consider gravity, force, velocity, and other scientific concepts. In the Lab mode, users are free to set up their own engineering designs with the full TinkerBox tool chest.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can introduce basic physics concepts and demonstrate their actions using this app. Teachers can guide this conversation by asking students questions such as: (1) What do you think would happen if we did that (e.g., move or add an object)?, (2) Which force(s) is causing this movement?, and (3) How could we improve this puzzle? Students can respond orally.
  2. Students can use this app to experiment in the Lab function. As they experiment, students can take a screenshot of their puzzle and use an Office app to explain the different phenomena that were part of their puzzle. Teachers can require students to use specific physics vocabulary.
  3. As students learn different physics lessons, teachers can allow students to recreate or use the topic of a lesson with this app.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity

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