GAME USING CHEMISTRY CONCEPTS TO SOLVE A FORENSICS CASE
ChemCollective’s freeMixed Reception game is set in a research group that is developing an antivenom for spider bites. In the opening scene, Nelson Pogline, a talented graduate student, dies unexpectedly at a university reception. In their role as detectives, students must use chemistry concepts to determine if he was murdered, and if so, to solve the case. They can interview suspects, investigate the crime scene for clues with virtual-reality images, and analyze the evidence from the crime lab. The activity requires basic knowledge of formula weight, chemical reactions, and the scientific method. Additional concepts include molecular recognition, limiting reagents, and mass spectrometry. The Flash-based software is suitable for chemistry students at the high school and college levels. ChemCollective developed the game with students from the Departments of Chemistry and Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. The game can be run from ChemCollective’s website or downloaded to a computer for offline use. It can be used as a homework assignment for individual students or as an in-class group activity. Solving the case takes between 40 and 50 minutes.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of
digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM
resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned
to the most in February.
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) is designed to challenge and engage students (grades 9–12) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The three-day event is organized by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, a nonprofit STEM education organization.
The KidWind Project and WindWinRI are hosting the twelfth annual REcharge Academy at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center in Narragansett, Rhode Island, on July 15–18, 2019. The four-day training will focus on wind power and the future of offshore wind.