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If you've got kids, go and download this program right now. Go ahead, I'll wait. What's that? You want to know what it is first? Well, okay. It's a two-dimensional physics lab in your computer. Check out this description and demo video. Basically, it lets you create objects that behave correctly according to the laws of physics.

That means things fall over, they fall down, they push each other around, they move, and so on. Think of it as building blocks, an erector set, and bathtub all rolled into one, only without the mess. Better still, the physical attributes of objects you create and the very laws of physics themselves can be modified within the program to see what happens, for example, to a boat when gravity suddenly increases, or to a stack of blocks that suddenly have no friction.

Objects can be left to be freely mobile, they can be anchored or hinged, and they can even be set in motion, so that you can build a motor and make things happen. It is the ultimate virtual Rube Goldberg construction set. So go and download it. Then let me know what you think, because I don't dare download it -- my family would never see me again.
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.
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