Touch Physics

Lately I’ve been playing Touch Physics again…I blogged a while back about this great app and only recently rediscovered it’s childish yet scientific fascination.

Great game for the scientific mind.

Great game for the scientific mind.


Touch Physics is a fantastic little game that allows the player to manipulate a given environment using the basic laws of Physics:

Motion
Gravity
Mass
Force
Energy

Combining Science with the most basic Art skills the aim of the game is to get your Ball to the Star and complete the level.

Throughout the full fifty levels your ball starts in any and every kind of scenario. It may be static, at the top or bottom of a hill, trapped in a box, on top of a triangle, inside another shape, on a see-saw and so many more. From here your job is to create shapes and actions that will allow your ball to travel around the screen and reach the star.

Get the ball uphill if you can...

Solutions include building walls to protect the ball from falling off screen, constructing a see-saw on which a larger shape can be dropped sending your ball towards the star (if you’re lucky!), creating shapes that will push your ball out of a hole or off a ledge and creating slides and /or hills to navigate varying heights.

Using very attractive artwork that emulates crude chalk marks on backgrounds of crumpled paper, polystyrene and wood this will appeal immediately to your pupil’s as well as your own inner child while challenging the natural scientist in all of us.

You can download a Lite version of TouchPhysics for free in the App store for the first 5 levels. The full version has 50 levels with the promise of more to come.

Ideas for use:

• (Individual) Pupils tackle levels, working their way through the levels to the end.
• (Group) Pupils work in groups to tackle each level, taking shots in turn.
• (Group) Pupils complete each level then discuss each element of Physics involved.
• (Group) Pupils recreate levels using physical objects in class/school.
• (Class) Pupils tackle levels on paper first, planning their solution then attempting each in turn.
• (Class) Teacher tackles each level following Pupils instructions.

Ideas for application:

• Try projecting your iPhone to the White board using Honlai’s QingBar MP101 iPhone projector.
• Use multiple iPhones for individual/group learning
Collate screenshots from your iPhone then project them to the White Board and invite pupils to solve the levels using the pens.

We hope you enjoy this iPhone app and find many ways to enrich the learning in the Physics classroom. To finish we’ve included a neat video of the game in action.

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