Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Interested in a mechanism-teaching organic chemistry game?

Julia Winter is a high school chemistry teacher and a chemistry game entrepreneur - she'd like some help from you, if you're interested: 
We* have completed development of the first iteration of the Mechanisms Game for organic chemistry with the NSF SBIR Phase I grant. 
We now move into the research phase, gathering feedback from professors and instructors.  
Here's how it works: You will have access to the mobile application (on iOS at this time only), and then do a 20-minute interview about the potential for using the application in an organic chemistry classroom. 
We hope to wrap up this research phase by mid-June. Our NSF report is due June 30. (They hold final payment until the report is in!) 
If you are interested in helping with this study, please email Julia Winter, julia@alchem.ie or message her at @OChemJulie 
*Alchemie, @LearnAlchemie
Mobile games are an interesting way to teach chemistry; best wishes to Julie and her company.  

4 comments:

  1. On iOS only? Do students have to buy overpriced Apple kit now to pass their classes? MasteringChemistry is already expensive enough!

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    1. I have a dream that it might be possible to discuss an interesting new app without dredging up the same old tired Apple/PC or iOS/Android arguments. If it's successful, I'm sure it can eventually be ported to other platforms.

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  2. Right now the Mechanisms Game Beta is on iOS. Our Chairs app is on Android, too. (Doing our best with the resources we have. Much of the development I have self-financed. It's expensive.)

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  3. It's not like the kids don't have iphones and android phones in their pockets already.

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