Ray Shingler and colleague Clay Schultz created Time Engineers, an instructive video game for kids in seventh to 10th grade. They distribute the game through their company, Software for Kids. By booting up Time Engineers, students travel to three different time periods and encounter engineering problems that need solving. They work on problems like building pyramids, irrigating farmland, commanding a World War II submarine, and operating a drawbridge. Because the game encourages creative thinking, students can work through the activities by trial and error. Time Engineers is moving into the future -- and into other historical time periods -- for version two. But students can also travel to the future to apply principles in MEMS, nanotechnology and biomedicine.
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