NYTimes.com – Prepare for Launch with Angry Birds

Prepare for Launch with Angry Birds – NYTimes.com.

Joe Cascio/Delaware North, via Associated Press

It’s a short read so I just put the whole thing in this post.

“Angry Birds, the popular video game that involves catapulting birds at fortresses constructed by enemy pigs, now has a greater purpose than killing time at the checkout line. It’s the subject of a 4,485-square-foot exhibit at theKennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida that is meant to teach children physics.

Though Angry Birds has inspired theme-park attractions like the one at Sarkanniemi Adventure Park in Tampere, Finland, the Kennedy Center exhibition, which opened last month, is the first attempt to extract some educational value out of the seemingly mindless game. “Angry Birds Space Encounter,” above, a collaboration between NASA and the game’s creator, Rovio Entertainment, features six interactive stations, including a laser-beam obstacle course set on the Red Planet and Eggsteroid slingshots that children can use to launch birds at evil pigs. Which, of course, is a lesson about parabolic trajectories.”



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