Okay . . . absolutely nothing to do with history or social studies but it is kinda techy so I’m passing it on. You’ll just have to deal with it. And I know once you play the game, you’ll be hooked. Thank me later!
The game is an online Flash game called Magic Pen and came earlier this year.
Using your mouse, your job is to draw shapes to create bridges and guide a red ball to a flag. Making shapes and dropping them will set the ball in motion, and you can also create more complex objects with hinges (both fixed and movable) for more difficult maneuvers.
The shapes you draw are affected by three basic principles: gravity, friction, and inertia. In other words, basic physics. Shapes you draw fall to the ground, bump against each other, and sit still unless acted upon by another moving shape. You can draw almost any shape of object and Magic Pen will automatically smooth out your rough edges. The game is mouse-driven so all you have to do is click and start drawing.
I tried to come up with a way to use this with state social studies standards but drew a blank. If you come up with something, let me know!
But if you know any science teachers, I think it would be a great way to demo basic physics concepts. So pass it on.