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Launchball is an addictive and fantastically fun educational game that brings the principles and phenomena of the Launchpad gallery online and into your classroom.
Curriculum linked: It supports five of the six KS2 and KS3 curriculum areas covered in the Launchpad gallery: Light, Forces & Motion, Energy Transfer, Electricity & Magnetism and Materials. The game has a real physics engine which means all the forces and materials represented in the game act on screen as they would do in the real world.
Experimental: Think of it as a classroom interactive activity or a virtual science lab that has been designed to enable open-ended investigation and problem-solving and uses a game format which your students will love.
Simple but challenging: If your last experience of computer games was Space Invaders on your Atari then don’t be put off. Launchball is very simple (it’s been tested successfully with children as young as seven), but you do need to try it out and discover its potential for yourself (see Launchball Helpful Hints).
Launchball is a valuable free learning resource which can be used in a variety of ways to support your teaching (see Launchball and the National Curriculum).
Using Launchball couldn’t be simpler; just open the Launchball web page and start playing on your PC or interactive whiteboard (see help setting up the game).
Launchball has been designed to use in any number of ways. Cnce you’ve got started, you’ll soon find out how it works best for you (and when you do, please be sure to tell us). In the meantime, here are some ideas to get you started: