Tinkerbox This jewel of an engineering app was brought into the world by Autodesk of AutoCAD fame. These folks over there are SERIOUS engineers and yet, my seven year old can play this game for quite a while. I love to watch him play. He loves the music and says he finds it calming and that it "helps him solve the problems".
|Dragon Box after playing for 5 minutes|
DragonBox 5+ and DragonBox 12+
Dude, the kids ask me to do Algebra. Every. Day. My 7 year old solved a multivariable equation for x (the dragonbox) after playing this game for 45 minutes. Zoinks! There are two versions, 5+ and 12+, according to age. Definitely play this game with your kid. It's math like it shoulda been! The sound effects and graphics remind me a little of World of Goo meets OmNom from Cut the Rope (both excellent STEM apps, also!) and the sound effect when you isolate the DragonBox is like a light saber! GeekDad at Wired Magazine went crazy over how it was better than angry birds.
That's all I have time for right now, gotta put the kids to bed and get ready to teach my Engineering & Design classes tomorrow! More tomorrow...