Collisions is a system of eight digital games, grounded in the rules of chemistry, that can be used to introduce, teach, and review more than 50 key concepts in your chemistry classroom. Collisions makes abstract concepts tangible by allowing students to visualize and manipulate the building blocks of matter, while providing a safe space to make mistakes and learn by introducing content through gameplay. On March 24th, 2021, Jen Lee presented a ChemEd X Talk about how instructors can use these games with their high school and college students. She demonstrated the Atoms game, which covers atomic neutrality, electron configuration (Aufbau Principle, Hund's Rule), atomic radii trends, and touches on electronegativity as just one example of how the larger catalog of games work. She outlined how to find and use premade lesson plans and answered questions posed by participants.
ChemEd X Talk Recording: Edited video of Jen's ChemEd X Talk. ChemEd X Vimeo Channel (3/27/2021)
Jen Lee has 9 years experience teaching chemistry at the college level and 6 years at the high school level. Jen is a strong advocate of using educational technology within any classroom environment - whether face to face or virtual. She is well-versed in many educational technology tools, and loves learning new approaches. Jen has recently transitioned to a full-time role as manager of Customer Success at PlayMada, and still teaches college classess in her spare time.
Before embarking on her teaching career, Jen had worked as a research chemist, and later as a technical writer within Analytical Chemistry Research departments, in companies such as Nabisco, Johnson & Johnson, Wyeth, Baxter and Sandoz. When she isn't working, Jen enjoys logic puzzles, fostering kittens and other small animals for a local shelter, and RV camping. She lives with her husband and three sons in NJ.
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Collisions is awesome!
I assigned the intermolecular forces and phase changes topics for my high school students at the end of this school year as a review, just to try it out. I am now a big fan of this site. I had one student who loved Collisions so much he worked on the rest of the topics on his own, including all the sandbox and connector activities. I will definitely use the Collisions games in my lessons throughout the upcoming school year.
I am really interested in this Collision game. Is there a link? The video seems to be not showing up right now and I'd love to see it.
The video link seems to be working on our end. Please let us know if you try it again and it still doesn't work. I can reach out to you individually to try to work it out. Alternatively, you can try this link: https://vimeo.com/530457886
We appreciate your interest!
Deanna Cullen, High School Editor