NASA has released a new educational game with an air traffic control theme for Apple iPhone and iPad devices. The Sector 33 application is designed to challenge students in middle school and above to use basic math and problem-solving skills.An Android version of the app is in development and will be made
available in the Android Marketplace in the coming months.
In the game the player acts as an air traffic controller guiding airplanes through a sector of airspace spanning Nevada and California. The player can adjust the planes’ path and speed to safely reach certain spots in the sky in the fastest time possible while keeping the planes a specific distance from each other.The math-focused game also aligns with the NASA Office of Education’s mission to engage students in activities related to science,technology, engineering and mathematics.
Sector 33 is based on Smart Skies Line Up With Math, an educational software title developed under the direction of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and distributed in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Smart Skies has been used in middle school classrooms across the United States since 2005.
This seems like a cool app and makes me want to get a i-pad or i-phone just to have this app. This app seems like it could really help kids who are interested in this topic. I suggest that you get this app if you have an i-phone or i-pad.
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