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Sector 33 Teaches Students About Air Traffic

unnamed (1) Sector 33 is a free Android game from NASA. The purpose of the game is to play the role of an air traffic controller. As the air traffic controller you have to maintain spacing between planes as they approach the San Francisco airport. The game starts out slowly with two planes traveling as the same speed and increases in difficulty as you get better an managing the air traffic. At the most difficult level you have to manage five planes moving at different speeds. I gave the game a try this morning and found it engaging. That said, it’s a good thing I’m not a real air traffic controller.

Sector 33 could be a good game for students to play to learn about the relationship between speed and distance of moving objects. Throughout the game students will have to alter the speed of the planes. Students will also see how the angle of the planes’ flight paths affect the timing of approaches to the airport.

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