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Cobra Twist

Lower Age: 5+
Price: $24.95
Year Added: 2016
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Cobra Twist, a 3D puzzle game, challenges children to manipulate blocks in order to create the correct 3D picture. The game includes four blocks with different sections of a snake on their sides that can be manipulated to create 3D images of one to three snakes. Using the instruction manual, children are challenged to recreate the image shown in each level, which requires them to use their spatial reasoning skills to translate between the 2D images and the 3D solution space. In terms of engineering thinking, this puzzle challenges children to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills as they work through the various possible configurations to assemble the ideal solution!

 

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, design a solution, redesign a solution, recognize patterns

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, criteria

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Spatial reasoning, problem solving

 

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
    • Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “It really fires up your brain and creativity”
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • Simple to understand, but challenging to solve! It took us a few boards to get the hang of looking at the "correct" sides of the blocks, but once we got it, we were good.”
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 3.75 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “Cobra Twist encourages the player to think spatially and on a three dimensional plane. It offers a challenge and makes the player have to think critically about how components fit and work together