Why Time Engineers?
Time Engineers is a CD Rom designed to teach math skills to middle school through high school students. Not only does it teach math skills such as algebra it also concentrates on engineering skills. By taking students through history, this interactive computer game, takes math to a new level and one many young people will appreciate. Please visit the site for system requirements.
Product: Time Engineers
Cost: $19.95 Individual, $49.95
Use: Homeschool, Classroom, Home
Grades: Middle School-High School (5th-9th)
Lessons Taught: Math, Science, History, Physics
Skills: Problem Solving, Reasoning, Critical Thinking
The CD-Rom quickly loads and gives you the option of playing it from the disc or installing it on your computer. The first screen gives you options to learn about the game, how to play the game, etc. I love a screen that introduces you to the game rather than going directly to the game. The game is first person and easy to navigate.
When you hit play you are in a library searching through books. As the story goes you are at a university library doing research on career interests. You become overwhelmed studying about engineering and know there must be an easier way. This is when you find a document called Time Engineers. Reading it you realize you have stumbled upon confidential information on a time travel machine. It contains three chapters concerning three different time periods and the location of the time machine. So you do the only logical thing: find the time machine, go on the adventures and solve common engineering problems of each time period.
To enter the factory where the time machine is being kept you must enter a binary code which you have to determine. That marks lesson #1. The next lesson involves using the power switch. Once you solve both lessons you are on your way to the different time periods.
The different time periods and lessons are:
- Pyramid Building
- Crop Irrigation
- Drawbridge Design
- Catapult Operation
World War II
- Submarine Simulation
- Radar Detection
Why I Recommend Time Engineers
- If you go the Time Engineers website and click on Teachers and you will find not only a laid out curriculum of what each time period teaches but PDF files for Lessons associated with each activity.
- Ability to play in interactive mode. The interactive mode is the adventure fun one where the student walks through the game.
- Ability to play in activity mode. The activity mode takes you directly to the individual activities in each time period.
As a history lover, math hater, and a mom who seeks to make her children love and excel in both this game is a perfect fit. In fact, I learned a bit about math myself and began to see math as fun! To connect the concept of math and physics to both visually and hands on use is powerful and reveals the mystery behind it. Your student will learn engineering principles while developing problem solving, reasoning and critical thinking skills. Yeah, it’s that good.