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SMMconstructor: Build Animated Models Online

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SMMconstructor: Build Animated Models Online

SMMconstructor is an online construction kit for building animated models. Based on the original construction kit called Sodaconstructor, this simulator lets you construct virtual models with a few construction pieces that you drag and snap together. You can also change the movement of your creation by adjusting gravity, friction, and spring stiffness, or just by dragging, pulling and moving the models. The SMMconstructor is a great way to explore simple movement in animation, and to explore concepts such as mass and acceleration. SMMconstructor also can let the learner begin to explore the meaning and implication of simulations - what they are and how humans make things that let us explore and learn about ourselves.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • computer with internet access


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
      • Computer Science
    • Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Acceleration

Informal Categories

  • Computers
  • Games
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0104691


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