ChemCrafter

ChemCrafter allows users to experiment with mixing chemicals in the safety of their own digital lab. After launching the app, users are given a tutorial by the character, Wally Waters. The tutorial guides users in how to purchase chemicals, mix chemicals, earn rewards, and unlock new experiments. Following the tutorial, users can begin experimenting by purchasing and mixing chemicals. As they do so, chemicals react and the app displays the name of the chemical reaction created. As users create more and more chemical reactions, they earn more coins that can be used for purchasing new chemicals and they…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7.4
B. Design - 8
C. Engagement - 7.1

7.5

ChemCrafter: An App for Experimentation

Summary : An Engaging Way to Mix Chemicals Safely

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ChemCrafter allows users to experiment with mixing chemicals in the safety of their own digital lab. After launching the app, users are given a tutorial by the character, Wally Waters. The tutorial guides users in how to purchase chemicals, mix chemicals, earn rewards, and unlock new experiments. Following the tutorial, users can begin experimenting by purchasing and mixing chemicals. As they do so, chemicals react and the app displays the name of the chemical reaction created. As users create more and more chemical reactions, they earn more coins that can be used for purchasing new chemicals and they unlock new elements and experiments.

Instructional Ideas

  1. As students create chemical reactions, they can keep a log of the elements that were combined to create the reaction and they can research when and how this reaction is used. Students can keep their logs using the UX Write, Office Offline, or WPS Office app. Teachers can require students to complete one whole experiment per week and log each element that was part of that experiment.
  2. After students become familiar with this app, teachers can create a classroom lab where students actually mix the elements that they experimented with in this app. For example, teachers can have students mix water with calcium or barium in the classroom lab. Students can then describe how the two elements interacted.
  3. After students become familiar with mixing chemicals using this app, teachers can have them independently research four, five, and six element combinations. Students will have to name the different elements that are mixed and research the reaction that happens as a result of that mixing. Students can then write a synopsis of the reaction by naming the elements included in the mixing, a description of what happens as a result of that mixing, and uses for that particular reaction.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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