Autodesk’s iPad App designed to make engineering fun for teens

Autodesk TinkerBox is now available in the App Store, a free game designed to spark interest in mechanical engineering

02/09/2011


Autodesk TinkerBox iPad ApplicationAutodesk, Inc. created the Autodesk TinkerBox App for iPad, a game designed to playfully spark teens’ interest in mechanical engineering, is available on the App Store. The app allows players to experience the fun and excitement of invention, while gaining confidence in their ability to excel in engineering.

To solve the challenging mechanical puzzles and physics problems presented in Autodesk TinkerBox, players insert gadgets, assemble components and test their inventions. Completing each challenge inspires players to create more and increasingly complex innovations. The game’s Invent mode enables players to design their own contraptions and share them with friends.

Autodesk is committed to making science more accessible and fun for young people. In November 2010, Autodesk polled more than 1,000 American teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 about their attitudes toward academic subjects that provide the foundation for a career in engineering. The survey findings suggest that teens understand the importance of engineering, but are concerned that the subject matter is too difficult:

  • More than half of all teens surveyed believe science and technology (54 percent) and engineering and math (53 percent) are important to their careers and future prosperity.
  • Students don’t find the subjects boring or nerdy, but rank engineering and math doubly hard compared to other subjects (16 percent vs. 8 percent for English and languages).

In addition to this new app, Autodesk provides free access to its industry-leading 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and accompanying curricula though the Autodesk Education Community as part of its commitment to educating the next generation of designers and engineers.

- Edited by Gust Gianos, CFE Media, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, www.csemag.com



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