Physics Simulator

January 17, 2008 at 8:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

My friends at Best Science Lesson Ever have pointed me in the direction of this amazing physics simulator, from MIT. The science animations illustrated here are of more interest to Secondary schools, whereas Moovl takes a simpler approach more appropriate for Primary schools, but many of the underlying principles (the ability to quickly draw objects, assign physical properties and then make them interact) are the same.

The program is called “Assist Sketch Understanding System and Operation”. Unfortunately, according to the notes, you can’t buy or download the software. The demo, however is enticing!

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  1. It’s worth seeing all the home brew stuff that developers put into the Nintendo DS for this sort of thing. It works really well because you have the stylus to work directly onto the screen, which is much more tactile and free flowing. I’d investigate how Nintendo might feel about licensing an official version of Moovl to sell at retail for the DS where it would be right at home…

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