Quantum Cats Phone App: Angry Birds Style Learning
Quantum Cats is a new Angry Birds-style gaming app developed by the University of Waterloo with an aim to help kids better understand the core principles of Quantum Physics. Per the U Waterloo website:
Four cats are introduced through the game:
- Classy – a classic cat. She acts like you would expect – you know where she’s going and where she’s been. She follows the laws of Newton and Galileo.
- Schrö – You never know if Schrö is in the box or if he’s not. He has the ability to be in multiple states at the same time. He could be here, he could be there or both!
- Digger – Watch this cat! He will suddenly appear on the other side of a barrier, even when he doesn’t have the energy to go over it or break it down.
- Fuzzy – You are never certain where you’ll find this cat. There’s a fundamental limit on how much information you can know about her.
As an Android user and avid cat lover, upon hearing about this game I of course downloaded it immediately. If you've ever played Angry Birds before, then you'll easily catch on to the concept of launching a bird (in this case, a Quantum Cat) to aid in knocking down structures worth varying points to pass the different levels.
I was hoping to learn a bit more about quantum physics in the process, but it seems as if the concepts of the actual cats are as far as it goes. If you're unfamiliar with the fundamental ideas offered by quantum physics, then you'll need some context to understand the specific cats. For kids, this is a great way to become familiar with the basic concepts of quantum physics.
Check out the "trailer" here:
Source: University of Waterloo