Mobile Physics Game
Basically I’ve invented a physics game for mobile devices intended to be used as a study resource for students taking NCEA Level 2 physics. I’ve designed it so that each level in the game can be treated as a mathematics question, like the ones that students would face in an exam. This allows students to practice putting physics equations into real world scenarios, and get exposure to the types of questions they’ll have to answer in their exam. In my app some aspects are pre-set while other aspects can be input (like changing angles), so that you can use trial and error and see the direct results of the changes you make to your equation.
What inspired you to create your project?
I wanted to make a game this year for my programming class project and I thought a game would be an interesting thing to do. Basically part of my programming course was that you have to develop something that fits a need. So I looked at potential areas, like educational games which are close to home as we use them at school. I’m quite confident in physics, so thought I could make a game out of it with my knowledge and help people out while doing it.
Are you the first tech inventor in your family?
I’m the first person in my family to go into software but my Dad did do mechanical engineering.
Who influences your tech/innovation?
Mr Steve Rodkiss is a teacher that came on board about a year and a half ago at Burnside High School, he’s been the main catalyst and inspiration for me to develop this game. He’s been doing game design for like a decade and is really knowledgeable. I used his shared knowledge to make the project.
What are your plans for next year after finishing high school?
I’m going to the University of Canterbury to study software engineering or mechatronics, but most likely end up in software.
What is your dream job?
I’d possibly like to be a creative director at a games company. You can come up with your own ideas and make it see the light of day. I’d like to just work on games in general. I enjoy getting to see a physical product.
What is the best thing about ASB Bright Sparks to you?
It is good that it lets people from all over the country compete, put their ideas forward and show what they have been working on. It’s great to get your ideas recognised.
Would you enter ASB Bright Sparks again?
Yes I’d enter again and I’ve entered before.