Tami's Tower: Let's Think About Engineering
Deals with math // physics // science // zoology
  engineering design, connections between shape and physical function, testing and iteration
Intended for elementary school
Available on Web // Android // iOS
Cost free
Developed by Smithsonian Science Education Center (external)
Website at https://ssec.si.edu/tamis-tower (external)
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Tami's Tower: Let's Think About Engineering

It’s lunch time and Tami, the golden lion tamarin, is hungry! Help Tami reach the delicious fruit by building a tower. But watch out! Other animals can cause Tami’s tower to topple over.

From the Smithsonian Science Education Center, Tami’s Tower: Let’s Think About Engineering is an educational engineering design game that will help teach your student how to design a solution to a problem using basic engineering design principles.

Educational features: • Aligned to educational science standards for kindergarten through second grade • Designed for emergent readers • Grounded in educational psychology research • Metacognitive prompts provide students an opportunity to monitor and assess their own confidence • Teachers can assess student responses to metacognitive prompts through an in-game summary screen • In-game tutorial to teach students how to play • Introduces students to engineering design principles • Students will learn how the shape of an object can help it function as needed to solve a problem • Students can reflect on previous attempts to improve design • Students can design a level in Sandbox mode • Designed to be used in the classroom or at home

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