Angry Birds in my Physics 20 class was an absolute hit! We were focusing on activating the prior knowledge of the students – what physics do you already know? As well as, working on our question asking and prediction skills today through the medium of angry birds.
I walked the students through an example, explained the task, and let them loose. They were SO engaged. I thought there would be a lot of students off task (just wanting to play the game) but they were all focused. Eventually, the short discussions turned into… “Oh I didn’t expect that,”, “Ok, so why did it do that?” and “Wait! But what if we did this instead” and the absolute best, “Hey Man, don’t do it until I’ve made a guess about what’s going to happen – you ruined it!”
After the students had finished there exploration, they were given a 1 page reflection on the following question:
In terms of Physics, how do you think the angry birds universe is similar to our universe? How is it different? Use 2 – 3 of your question, predictions, and explanations to support your answer.
So far, I have yet to read the reflections, but I am VERY excited to see what they come up with!