Collisions - Chemistry Learning Games for High-School and College Students with Jen Lee

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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)

 

About Jen

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.