What is it all about
TerraTech is physics-based simulation that is all about designing, building and driving different kinds of vehicles called Techs. You play the role of an intergalactic miner exploring alien planets for natural resources and fighting other prospectors for better materials. It is up to you to decide if what kind of approach to take: is your Tech an excavator or a land battleship? TerraTech provides several game modes from survival to sumo wrestling, speed races and hair-raising gauntlets. The game is still in active development, and has a lively community bursting with ideas.
TerraTech features child-friendly block graphics and an easy-to-use GUI. Iteration and learning from one’s mistakes is at the heart of the game, and its gentle learning curve makes it effortless to improve Techs little by little. The basic laws of physics apply to vehicles in the game: smaller and lighter Techs may be nimble, but might not withstand as much damage as their more robust counterparts. If something goes wrong or behaves in an unexpected way, players can construct their own hypotheses on what is the cause of the problem. The game’s R&D test laboratory lets players freely plan out Techs using all the materials available in the game, and provides them with preview access to new parts and game modes.
Ideas for classes
TerraTech is compliant with Next Generation Science Standards 3.Forces and Interactions (3-PS2-1 through 3) and 3-5.Engineering Design (3-5-ETS1-1 through 3). The game can be used to fulfill Common Core science and technical standards (RST.6-8.1, RST.6-8.3) when utilised as a supplementary tool alongside other instructional materials.
Elementary school: Basic physics and simple engineering through iterative design.
Junior high school: Refreshing familiar physics concepts in an interactive environment and hands-on testing with engineering and design skills.
Learn about concepts like the center of gravity, friction and weight.
How do machines work? Build an excavator or a crane.
Competitive iteration: Have students build their own Techs for Sumo Showdown and pit their creations against each other. Iterate and try again. Encourage scientific approach to iteration.
|Operating system||Windows 7+, OSX Snow Leopard (10.6)+ or Linux Ubuntu 12.04+|
|Processor||Minimum Intel Core2 Duo T7600 @ 2.33GHz or AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 Dual Core Recommended Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.67GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 945|
|Memory||Minimum 4GB RAM Recommended 6GB RAM|
|Graphics||Minimum nVidia GeForce 520M or Intel HD 4000, Recommended nVidia GeForce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5670|
|Storage||Minimum 1 GB HD space, Recommended 2 GB HD space|
|Additional Info||Two-button mouse strongly recommended. Spec may be subject to revisions.|
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