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The Fluid Ether is now live! Find it on the App store, or download the Desktop app right here! (version 1.1)
The Fluid Ether won the Judge’s Choice award for best educational game at the Games+Learning+Society conference!
Jump into the beautiful world of fluids, where you create currents to move balls, break boxes and collect coins. Learn about the physics of fluid motion through this adorably animated physics simulator. Why does water swirl when you try to push it? Why do ocean currents lead to gyres? What happens when two jets slam into each other?
Fluids can move in strange and mysterious ways, often counter to what we expect. Understanding fluid motion is as much a science as an artform, and visualizations of fluid flow are treasured for their beauty. Learn to create beautiful interlacing fluid patterns in this game as you navigate hand-crafted levels. The game also includes a level editor, for you to make your own levels in the game to share with others.
Want to learn more about fluids? We’ve got just the activities for you!
Check out this activity about building a Hydroelectric waterwheel, adjusting the shape of the blades to increase drag on the turbine. Build a gliding bird that can float the best by directing the flow of air downwards. Design a boat with a drag-based sail! The fan acts just like one of the jets in the The Fluid Ether game- try to make a sail that best uses the airflow from that jet to move forward. Or, build a homemade vortex cannon, your very own on/off jet.
Check out this extra info page for more great descriptions of fluids and how they work.
Hey teachers! We are making this game for you, and we’d love to have you test the game out and give us feedback on how to make it better. We have a strong philosophy and track record of inquiry-based education. This game is not a curriculum or a lesson plan, but rather a tool that supports inquiry and project-based instructional techniques. Like many tools, we expect it to be hacked and broken, meaning used in many different ways by many different teachers. This game can and should be customized to your classroom.
But don’t worry, we aren’t leaving you out to dry! We’ve made a dashboard so that you can see your student’s progress and learning as they play the game. And this fall we will be holding professional development sessions in select locations around the country and we will be posting some starter resources to support classroom use of the game. To stay up to date on these items, join our mailing list below.
Here’s a quick preview of the teacher dashboard we created, that let’s you monitor your student’s progress and learning as they play.
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You may have seen this game in an earlier form under the name World of Physics: Fluids. That game is no longer available, but you can find all of the content in that game remade in The Fluid Ether.