A SMALLab game to explore the concept of work across inclined planes

Players experience mechanical work as a function of energy and distance, as they help teams of tiny creatures push objects up inclined planes of various heights and distances. The game mechanic models the exertion of force within a frictionless plane and gives players a real-life physical feeling for the relationship between work and energy.

  • For one player or a team
  • Relay race-style play
  • Created for middle school simple machines curriculum
  • Kinetic effort of game play mirrors work required to move objects along inclined planes
  • Supports team work
  • Includes multiple levels
  • Final screen includes work data from all levels for student calculation