Hooking children on engineering – Mechanix teaches physics concepts through hands-on play
Mechanix is a magnetic computer display that merges interactive educational technology with tangible simple machine components. Children create compound systems by arranging five magnetic piecesundefineda wheel and axle, lever, pulley, inclined plane, and wedgeundefinedon the display to solve various engineering challenges. Once a player creates a successful design, he or she can record it into a digital library by way of a seamless image-detection system behind the display. This allows subsequent children to access a wide variety of challenges and solutions, enabling them to create, tackle, and solve increasingly difficult configurations.
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