Educator Resources for Planet Mechanic
Planet Mechanic is a game about planets and their specific properties. In this game players have the ability to experiment with a planet orbiting a star, and to alter the planet’s core attributes of atmosphere, tilt, rotation, and moon. They will be challenged to create specific planetary conditions to appease the ever-changing whims of a race of aliens living on the planet. The aliens will require alterations in temperature, atmosphere, seasons, day length, tides, and even eclipses to meet certain living conditions from level to level. Through his or her actions, a player will be able to model how a planet’s attributes work together to impact the properties and conditions of that world.
In this lesson which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore the seasons, tides, equinoxes, eclipses, and other aspects of the solar system. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »