I didnt realize the potential of my on line flight simulator game to expand my childrens horizons until I found my second child tinkering around with it one day. He was already deep into designing his own plane when I came along and excited about what else he was going to do. Hey, look Dad. You can make your own plane. And you can design your own airport, which is what I want to do after this.
When my eldest child heard you could design your own stuff in the on line flight simulator game he became interested. He does not like too many rules, likes to try things his way. So the opportunity to do his own thing got him interested in the game. (I only have boys but I am sure the same applies equally to girls).
So there they were, tinkering around with my on line flight simulator game, working on aircraft design, airport architecture, and planning to moving on to some engineering in the systems and controls. If I had wanted to talk to them about design or engineering or architecture they might have listened but only from a sense of duty. But now they were engaged in both under their own steam.
And I found myself in the position of encouraging them to play a computer game instead of the usual monitoring of time, content, and noise level. The on line flight simulator game does not come with the biff, bang, wallop special effects standard in most computer games these days. It is almost sound-free although you can introduce your own sound effects if you want. The special effects are really special but totally natural, not human mediated. And yet they were fully engaged.
(Click here to see the on line flight simulator game that captivated my children.)
It was a moment of revelation for me. Heretofore I had only used the on line flight simulator for my own enjoyment. Because it was my game the children assumed it would be too boring for them. I had too. But now here they were engaged in areas I could only have hoped to interest them in before this.
And then my mind moved on to the other aspects of the on line flight simulator that are inherently educational, although I had not looked at it like that before. You can fly to over 20,000 airports worldwide. Just knowing where they are is a geographical accomplishment. The scenery is photo-realistic thanks to developments in computer graphics so you get to see the great natural features of the world and visit any exotic place you can think of.
Developments in animation mean that the astronomy is precise and reactive you see the heavens moving as you fly around the earth. My on line flight simulator game also has realistic lighting features, both beacons and take off/landing lights, which are critical in terms of aerodynamics. My children would possibly move into these areas as well.
For a moment I felt I had found the holy grail of education. Here they were getting interested in many of the areas I would wish them to but discovering it on their own, which is always the most effective way. It was a benefit of my on line flight simulator that I had never dreamed of but was delighted by.