How To Learn About Physics Using Angry Birds

If you’re a fan of Angry Birds and physics, you’ve probably already thought about how it’s actually an educational tool that’s helping inform students about how physics work. From gravity to force to wind resistance, the app has it all. At least, that’s what I thought until last night.

The newest version of Angry Birds is due out March 22nd and takes place in space. Yep, space. Birds love flying in space. The important takeaway of the exciting new take on the classic app is that the physics are completely redone. Since gravity isn’t a big factor in space, the developers at Rovio worked on how to accurately depict what happens when you slingshot a bird in space.

The new app teaches players how to adjust for low-gravity situations, why approach angles have to be curved, and more. But don’t just take my word for it. Don Pettit, an astronaut on the International Space Station (you read that right) talks about why the new Angry Birds Space is accurate and what it’s like to actually throw stuffed angry bird dolls in space. My favorite moment is when he draws a pig onto a green balloon. It’s worth a watch and actually educational!