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Grade Level:

K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 9-12, 13-16

Game Length:

Medium (less than 1 1/2 hrs)

Teaching Materials:

External Review:


The Science Museum


"Launchball is an addictive and fantastically fun educational game that brings the principles and phenomena of the Launchpad gallery online and into your classroom.

Curriculum linked: It supports five of the six KS2 and KS3 curriculum areas covered in the Launchpad gallery: Light, Forces & Motion, Energy Transfer, Electricity & Magnetism and Materials. The game has a real physics engine which means all the forces and materials represented in the game act on screen as they would do in the real world.

Experimental: Think of it as a classroom interactive activity or a virtual science lab that has been designed to enable open-ended investigation and problem-solving and uses a game format which your students will love.

Simple but challenging: If your last experience of computer games was Space Invaders on your Atari then don’t be put off. Launchball is very simple (it’s been tested successfully with children as young as seven), but you do need to try it out and discover its potential for yourself (see Launchball Helpful Hints)."