Twist Education says they are reshaping education, so it can be fun and engaging with their new iTunes app called Vector Tracker. With Vector Tracker students can actually understand physics and science better because the app helps make physics exciting and easier to learn. The game offers visual circumstances to the field of physics and science where the player engages in the application of these subjects.
Vector Tracker is the third game in series of apps from Twist Education created to help students master the prerequisites for physics and other sciences – in this case, the subject matter is displacement vectors – designed to tap into their 21st century minds, wired for mobile technology. If anything can explain vectors better, I am all for that.
Vector Tracker is a general science game designed to teach the basics of vector manipulation. Vectors play a prominent role in many areas of physics, and students often come to class without a full understanding of vectors. I bet they have a headache, too. This game is designed to remedy this void by providing a strong conceptual foundation as well as an introduction to the qualitative aspects of vector mathematics. Do you know what “qualitative aspect of vector mathematics” means? If you do, then you probably don’t need this game.
Twist Education is producing a series of apps that run on mobile devices such as the iPod Touch, enabling students to learn advanced secondary school physics through a video game. In Twist games, scientific discovery is made possible – often necessary – in the context of the adventure.
Twist Education explains the game, “Can you catch up to the alien, get the scoop needed for The Daily Smarm, get your boss off your back, and become the vecterrific hero? Navigate your way through the area and make the vectors you need to find the alien ship. The right direction, the right length, and the right sum and you win!”
The educational company proposes a convergence of trends is shaping the future of education. We have the advent of affordable mobile devices. With those devices we can be anywhere at any time and have access to learning. Teachers or students can take advantage of the digital content revolution by benefiting from games that teach esoteric subjects that very few people find easy to understand. The fact that we can have an app that helps us visualize a seemingly hard subject to learn is by all means fantastic.
“We know games are a powerful environment for motivation and engagement,” says Twist CEO Stephan Samuelson. “By creating a strong story, ways to visualize the abstract concepts of physics and a virtual reality setting for experimentation and learning, Twist games tap into the same motivators inherent in all good games.”
You can’t argue with that aspect of learning through motivational games that are engaging. I bet even parents could benefit from these games because they tend to be the ones who have to help their son or daughter with homework.
Two other available Twist Education apps are Escape from Unitopia, for learning the international system of units, and Zombeez Slasher, for learning powers of 10.
I went Twist Education’s website and found it kid friendly. On the front page was an interview with a High School Physics teacher, who looks harmless and friendly, wearing a sun hat and sun glasses. My physics teachers looked nerdier with regular glasses and a pocket full of mechanical pencils.