Posts Tagged ‘chemistry games’

Elemensus Educational Game Turns Periodic Table Into Fun.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

A new educational game helps children learn the periodic table. This essential area of knowledge, critical in understanding  chemistry in science has always been a chore to learn. ElemensusTM is a new science game teaching resource available from keen2learn that turns the learning process into fun in the classroom and at home with the family.

The elements are the building blocks of everything in the Universe which makes them rather useful to know! Playing the game is not only great fun it helps  children, and parents, to learn and remember the Periodic Table of Elements. The science game uses a letter and word format in a tile board game. The game features 162 double-sided tiles, an “Orion nebula game board” with word-star starting points, element tile racks, rules, dice, and a complete Periodic Table. The completed game using all 162 tiles shows a complete Periodic Table plus some extra elements such as Oxygen (O), Thorium (Th), Einsteinium (Es).  Each of the game tiles shows the element’s group in colour, name, atomic number and abbreviation. If the element can’t be used in a word the flip-side of the tile shows a full A-Z of Dark Matter – all that stuff that scientists are still looking for but haven’t quite found yet.

The fun content provides a huge benefit in the learning process. The often dull slog of learning the periodic table is transposed into a fun activity which is both enjoyable, competitive and provides greater retention in learning. Learning in Disguise as keen2learn describes it. Elemensus was designed by Tony Davis with astrophysical help from Dr. Edward Gomez.

Microscience Workstation Provides Green Approach to Science Education

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Cost, storage, and disposal of used chemicals  have impacted on science education in schools. But now physics, chemistry and biology in the classroom have have learnt a lesson from the subject itself. The latest science teaching resources have been miniaturised without losing any impact in the effectiveness of the curriculum. Saving storage space, cleaning time and minimising the use and disposal of  chemicals the microscience workstation approach is a truly green approach to education.

As its name implies Microscience is science practical work carried out on a small scale. The scientific principles of the conventional scale still apply but there are many differences that make Microscience very educationally rewarding.:

  • Students can work individually gaining greater ownership of their learning and allow teacher assessment
  • Lower cost using much smaller amounts of chemicals in the experiments
  • Environmentally friendly with lower consumption of energy, water and  less waste
  • Lower health and safety risks means those impossible experiments becomes possible!
  • Experiments are quicker with less clearing up, washing and storage of equipment
  • More time is available for lesson introductions and plenary sessions.

The workstation is easy-to-use, adaptable and has well-established laboratory procedures  and supplied with a large number of materials and worksheets. The hand-sized Comboplate allows microscale experiments  at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and  a link between practical work at all three.  Other innovations such as the Combostill (used for organic preparations) and the microburette provides an almost complete coverage of chemical techniques.  The science experiments avoidable on a micro scale include:

  • Gas preparation and testing
  • Electrolysis
  • Distillation and refluxing (including steam distillation)
  • Heating of chemicals and testing the gases evolved
  • Rates of reaction including reactions catalysed by enzymes
  • Quantitative chemistry including titrations; molar volumes and gravimetric analysis
  • Preparation of salts
  • ‘Test-tube’ experiments
  • Separating the components of mixtures
  • Electrical circuits
  • Food testing
  • Simulation of osmosis and other phenomena

Micoscience  overcomes many  anxieties of practical work  for teachers. Working on a micro scale encourages  innovative and an heuristic approach.  The apparatus can also be taken home. The amounts of chemicals used are so small the kitchen worktop is ideal as a place of work and the waste can disappear safely down the kitchen sink.  The adaptable and easy-to-use apparatus has spearheaded a completely new approach to science in the classroom. Teachers are given confidence by the ease of use and the range of worksheets and support available.

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