Digital Games to Increase Understanding of Chemistry Through Play
Developed by PlayMada Games, Collisionshelps high school students visualize and interact with chemistry concepts through engaging and challenging digital games that integrate with the chemistry curriculum. Grounded in the rules of chemistry, the games can be used to introduce, teach, and review key concepts in the chemistry classroom. In the Atoms game, which teachers can try for free, students build atoms of increasing atomic size by adding protons to the nucleus and electrons to the atomic orbitals while discovering fill order. Other games include Acids & Bases, Covalent Bonding, Equilibrium, Intermolecular Forces,Ions, Ionic Bonding, and Phase Change. The Collisions games come with freesupporting resources: Teacher Quick Start Guides, Teacher Game Guides, Student Quests, Student Checks for Understanding, Sandbox Activities, and Lesson Plans. Teachers can view and download these resources by game or check out the description of each resource to see which ones best address their needs. Collisions is currently available on the web, iPad, and Android tablets with a free account; in-app purchases, ranging from $2.99 to $29.99, are offered.
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The Virtual Koshland Science Museum, now part of the National Academy of Sciences’LabX program for students, offers a beautiful interactive feature on the anatomy of the human brain. LabX also presents a collection of online experiences.