Backyard Engineers is designed to break down difficult design concepts into simple, easy-to-learn game mechanics

filament-gamesThe education gaming landscape continues to take shape, and more teachers are looking to implement learning games that teach core subject areas.

Backyard Engineers, a new game from Filament Games, is designed to teach engineering concepts and problem solving skills. It aims to help students from middle school to high school understand the principles of engineering design through experimentation.

In Backyard Engineers, players lead the charge into a water balloon battle with the kids next door. By designing and adjusting catapults to launch water balloons, students learn how manipulating mechanical components affects their catapult’s range and accuracy. Each level of the game is a unique puzzle that challenges players to find the fastest and most efficient way to soak their neighbors.

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