games and simulations

Arcade driving game

Game – structured playing, usually for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Key components of games are goals, rules, challenge, and interaction. Games generally involve mental or physical stimulation, and often both. Many games help develop practical skills, serve as a form of exercise, or otherwise perform an educational, simulation, or psychological role.

Games can prepare your brain for a life of building and engineering. Sometimes the best way to understand what engineers do is to do it!

Games as an introduction to engineering – Besides being fun and challenging, these engineering games also provide an opportunity to work through the steps in the [/Engineering%20Design%20Process Engineering Design Process]. Play one or more of these engineering games to give you a first hand try at the problem solving skills engineers employ every day.

Try Engineering games – extensive list to choose from – kid tested

More engineering discovery games

Simulation – a way of seeing a thing happen without it actually taking place. A simulation can be used to predict what might happen without doing it, in case it is dangerous or too expensive or difficult. It can also be used to show people what will happen next, or what happened in the past.

  • Navy STEM for the Classroom – Dive Mission, Flight School, Sea Trials
  • NASA, FAA – work on laptops – requires Java, access, advances aerodynamics
  • Wright flight

Engineering ideas

  • testing, iteration, UID (User Interface Design), human-machine interface, failure analysis, quality assurance, simulation

Do it
Here are some challenges for you to work on…

  • try out the engineering games linked above
  • find other engineering games that introduce engineering ideas and thinking
  • design your own engineering game.

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