Designed by a rocket scientist, Truss Me! utilizes real algorithms and simulation techniques practiced by aerospace, mechanical, and civil engineers to test for stress and structure failure. Students can design and test structures in a realistic virtual environment. If well designed, the structure will resist as it would in real life. If the design has flaws, the structure will fail realistically. The “For Teachers” section of the site provides educational resources and instructional videos. Truss Me! is made available by Scientific Monkey for iOS and Android devices. Cost: $1.99 for iOS; free for Android
The intersection of mathematics and art holds out great potential for not just endless discoveries but deeply memorable creations. The Islamic artists of centuries past inspired the Iranian game developer Mahdi Bahrami, whose newest effort, Engare stands at the cross of mathematics, art, and technology.
Researchers at Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach partnered with teachers to design a program they call Novel Engineering, which plays on the literary strengths of elementary and middle school teachers to help them explore hands-on, science-oriented activities in their classrooms.
Students interested in science concepts such as robotics and bioengineering have a new, freeonline game at their disposal. Arizona State University researchers have released Frankenstein200, a game that uses Mary Shelley’s tale of scientific hubris to get children thinking about such ideas as robotics, bioengineering, and humans’ reasons for creating.