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.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Google’s Kick Start challenge offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programing skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that students get a sense of the technical skills needed for a career at Google.
CovEducation, an online platform created by students from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pairs college undergraduate and postgraduate student mentors with K–12 students affected by school closures during the novel coronavirus pandemic.