NASA and Rovio Entertainment, creator of the popular Angry Birds game franchise, announced the creation of “Angry Birds Space” on Thursday that aims to teach people about physics and space exploration.
Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into the new game, from the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearby planets, and players use physics as they explore the various levels set both on planets and in microgravity.
“This collaboration began with a simple Twitter exchange about birds and pigs in space, and it has grown into a tremendous outreach and education opportunity,” said David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Games are fun and entertaining, but they also can be inspirational and informative. This ongoing collaboration with Rovio and Angry Birds is an exciting way to get people engaged with NASA’s missions of exploration and discovery, and get students energized about future careers in science and technology.”