Planet Mechanic

In Planet Mechanic, players meet the demands of fickle aliens who can’t seem to make up their minds about what conditions they want on their planet.

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What is it

Meet the demands of fickle aliens who can’t seem to make up their minds about what conditions they want on their homeworld. Experiment with a planet’s core attributes, manipulating its atmosphere, tilt, rotation, and lunar cycles to learn how these factors change temperature, time, and seasons!

Key learning objectives

  • Learn how the Earth-sun-moon system affects the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons
  • Learn how gravity affects motions of planets and other objects within galaxies and the solar system

What our team of testers said

"It was fun but also really hard." - Boy aged 11

"Oh longer, so make it (the rotation) bigger." - Girl aged 11

Skills Developed

  • Teaches children about planets
  • Introduces scientific terms
  • Encourages problem solving

What our experts think

Our testers enjoyed completing the various challenges given to them in Planet Mechanic, and it was great that they were given lots of tools to experiment with, e.g. the planet’s tilt and rotation speed. Some children really got imaginative with the game, changing the controls and laughing about how the planet’s inhabitants might be reacting!

We liked that there were explanations available to children about how the planet was affected by each control, e.g. the temperature. Children engaged well with the problem solving and it really got them thinking about what they might change to get the result they wanted. It was also lovely to find that the app encouraged discussions around planets and the effects of their properties.

It would be even better if...

Children felt a bit overwhelmed at the amount of controls and information they were given. When they got stuck there was also a lot of frustration, so an adult might need to provide some support (this is a good chance for discussion to solve the problem). You can tap on the indicators on the right hand side to see how each is affected, to work out what changes might be needed to meet the goal.

Features

  • Brands: Filament Games
  • Key Features:
    • No 3rd party adverts
    • No in-app purchasing
  • Child Restrictions: Yes - no restrictions required
  • Languages available:
  • Apple version: iPad
    Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later
  • Android version: 2.2 and up
  • App Types: Educational Apps
  • Types of skills developed: Cognitive
    Logic, strategy & problem solving
    Science
    Speech, language and communication skills
    Trial and error learning
    Understanding the world
    Vocabulary building

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