We know that now, more than ever, teachers are searching for effective ways to teach their students through a distance learning approach. While nothing truly replaces the connections made in a physical classroom, there are many resources and tools available to create effective learning experiences in this unusual and challenging time.

As many of you are transitioning to remote learning and quickly learning how to connect with your chemistry students digitally, we want to ensure you have access to Collisions, our suite of digital chemistry games. 

We encourage chemistry teachers, like you, to use our free suite of chemistry games. And, we’re happy to help you as you get your students setup with accounts and access!

What is Collisions? 

As a reminder, Collisions is a suite of 8 digital chemistry games designed for high school chemistry students. The games include: 

  1. Atoms 
  2. Ions
  3. Covalent Bonding 
  4. Ionic Bonding
  5. Intermolecular Forces
  6. Phase Change
  7. Acids & Bases
  8. Equilibrium 
Each game includes the following:

  1. Tutorial Levels – These levels introduce key content and game mechanics to players.
  2. Game Levels – These levels scaffold key chemistry concepts and increase in rigor and challenge as students level up. 
  3. Exploratory Sandbox with built-in Achievements – This is an open-ended space where students can freely explore as well as earn Achievements.  

Additionally, several games include a separate set of Connected Levels. These levels combine two game areas and are a great way to challenge students to connect chemistry concepts together through gameplay! 

How can I use Collisions with my students right now? 

The 8 Collisions games can be effectively used both pre-instructionally and post-instructionally with your students.

  • Pre-Instructionally: If there is a topic that you haven’t yet taught, assign the early Collisions game levels to introduce these concepts to your students. Collisions is designed to be used pre-instructionally and introduces students to concepts through gameplay – the games are a great exploratory and inquiry-driven activity for your students. And remember, you can always track student progress in the Teacher Portal.
  • Post-Instructionally: As many of the Collisions games might include topics already covered in your curriculum, they can serve as great activities for practice and review – especially for distance learning! Understanding atoms, ions, and bonding are core to later topics in a chemistry curriculum, so why not use Collisions to review them?  Additionally, the Sandbox Achievements, later game levels, and supporting student activities serve as great tools to reinforce concepts.

What resources do you have to support digital learning? 

  1. If you’re simply looking to assign the digital Collisions games to your students, all you need to do is set up your classes and share a class code with your students. They can play Collisions on the web, iPad, or Android tablet. This tutorial walks you through how to do this. 
    • Once students create their accounts, they have access to 120+ game levels and nearly 100 Sandbox Achievements.
    • If you are using Google Classroom, you can assign a specific game to your students through the Google Share feature in the Teacher Portal.
    • After the games are assigned, student game progress (both the Game Levels and Sandbox Achievements) can be tracked in the Teacher Portal.
  2. If you’d like to assign additional guided questions to students during gameplay, extend the learning, or assess student mastery after gameplay, we have several supporting teacher resources and student activities available.
    • You can view and download our digital resources here. Many of the student resources include PDF forms where students can digitally enter their answers, so you can share these forms directly with your students.  As a reminder, if your students complete the PDF form digitally, please have them first DOWNLOAD and SAVE the form to their computer to ensure their work is saved. 

If you have any additional questions as you use Collisions, please reach out to us at educators@playmadagames.com.