Game Exploring the Nanoscale Universe of Atoms and Molecules
My Molecularium is an engaging and challenging molecule-building game developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for iOS and Android mobile devices. In the game, students launch atoms at target bond sites to assemble essential molecules of increasing complexity and difficulty. To direct their shots, students move their device using the app’s laser-guided gyroscope aim. As they play the game, students learn to use chemical and structural formulas to help them build a wide range of fascinating molecules—from water and vitamin C to caffeine and adrenaline. The app is free; in-app purchase of the rapid-fire power shot is $0.99.
With all of the changes happening to the way students learn, now is an important time for educators to consider how they’re fostering creativity. Check out the infographic below on creativity from Canva.
On the laundry list of skills and content areas teachers have to cover, creativity doesn’t traditionally get top billing. It’s usually lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration: Great to have, though not as important as reading or long division.
But research is showing that creativity isn’t just great to have. It’s an essential human skill — perhaps even an evolutionary imperative in our technology-driven world.
The impact of COVID-19—on education, health, the workforce, and the economy—has made clear that young people need skills that enable them to think critically, creatively, and globally—to solve problems, create new jobs, and address issues never seen before.