Archive for the ‘ Chemistry ’ Category

Game For Science

Description

A free virtual world devoted to science and technology!

Explore all kinds of virtual islands depending on your interests: health, aeronautics, genomics, environment, engineering and more. You’ll find fun games, interesting facts and fascinating photos and videos – all on a science theme.

Age

12-16, 16+

Where can I get it?

Play on-line at

http://www.gameforscience.ca/

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Foldit

Description
“Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research”

The game consists of players trying to determine the designs of protean structures

“knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. A small proteins can consist of 100 amino acids, while some human proteins can be huge (1000 amino acids). The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical because there are so many degrees of freedom. Figuring out which of the many, many possible structures is the best one is regarded as one of the hardest problems in biology today and current methods take a lot of money and time, even for computers. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins.”

Age

16+

Where can I get it?

Download at http://fold.it/portal/

Science Supremo

Science Supremo: Clinical Trials is a prototype game designed for the classroom that offers young people studying the new GCSE Science curriculum an opportunity to get a feel for what it means to be a scientist and to understand the interplay between science and society.

Students take on the role of scientists working in modern drug development, taking a new drug through clinical trials to assess its effectiveness in treating tuberculosis. The game is structured to enable groupwork in the classroom, collaborative problem solving and discussion, and gives the teacher a central role as a ‘learning croupier’, enabling a variety of teaching methods and lesson plans to be used, in exploring what it means to be a scientist.

Science Supremo: Clinical Trials is a collaboration between DESQ and the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University. This stage of development has received support from the Wellcome Trust People’s Award, and the project has previously received support from The Digital Science Initiative, a Wellcome Trust/Nesta funded project.

Age
12+

Where can I get it?
Play online or download at; http://www.desq.co.uk/science/

DoomED

Description

DoomEd is a single-player first person shooter learning game that combines science and history with FPS action, taking players through the horror of bio-terrorism and WWII chemical experimentation gone wrong.

The backstory mixes factual content (the WW2 experiments at Porton Down, Chemical Defence Experimental Station, ‘urban exploration’ in disused London underground stations) with fiction and fantasy (a lost labyrinth populated with human mutants and military personnel who believe the war is still going on).

The action is set in the labyrinth of lost London underground stations and tunnels that have not been in operation for over fifty years. The game follows the conventions of FPS gameplay – interweaving between orientation/exploration and action/warfare with mutants but replacing puzzles with science-based problems and puzzles, drawing on appropriate aspects of the KS4 science curriculum.

DoomEd is a learning and games research project fromDESQ and University of Wolverhampton School of Education.

Age
16+
As a First Person Shooter this game contains violence which may not be suitable for all learners
The game is based on the video games Half Life and Half Life 2, Both of which have a Cert 15 Classification

Where can I get it?
Download the game from;  http://www.desq.co.uk/doomed/

CSI Web Adventures

Description
This online game is based on the CSI TV show and supported by the US National Science Foundation.  The game involves solving cases using a variety of forensic science methods and materials

Age
12-Adult

Where can I get it?
Play online at; http://forensics.rice.edu/

Atomic

Description

A clever game for android phones in which various parts of a molecule are scattered around a maze and the player has to put the pieces together. as the game goes on, the player has to piece together increasingly complicated molecules including water, Ethylene and Propene.

Age
16+

Where can I get it?
Free to download from the Android store

Mendeleev’s Table

Description

iPhone game where the player has to place the element in the correct position on the periodic table against the clock.

Organizing the elements in chemistry has never been easier than through the Mendeleev’s periodic table. Here is a tribute to this great scientist. This application is a colorful visualization of the periodic table that will leave indelible impressions of factual chemistry in the young minds. For the inquisitive, the application provides a full page detail of many of the properties of the elements.

The ‘Pick & Place’ game, with multiple skill levels, will dramatically change the way we learn about the elements in chemistry. Put yourself in the Mendeleev’s shoes; drag the elements one by one to where you think they should go in order to make the complete periodic table. Keep watch of the time

Age Range

16+

Where can I get it?

A very limited free version as well as the paid for full version are available from the iTunes store.