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Review for SeArCH

SeArCH is an engaging, creative and incredibly fun game that teaches you the elements of the periodic table. I love that the game is made for different levels--beginner, intermediate and professor. I also really love the different themed sets. This was an incredibly creative game, and I am very impressed by how fun and educational it was. I am definitely going to buy more sets of this game to hand out to young students, as it is a fantastic way for students to learn and get excited about science. The game itself is incredibly portable, very nice and high quality. It is easy to learn, challenging enough that you want to keep playing, and incredibly fun for all different knowledge levels. I am extremely impressed with this game and will definitely be using it as a learning and teaching tool and I will be bringing them to science outreach events! Can't wait to see more of the great games d-Orbitals comes up with.

Review for Slap Count

This is an incredibly well thought out game. Counting d-electrons and learning inorganic chemistry did not come easy for me as a college student, and still wasn't easy when I entered graduate school. I wish that I had had this game to help teach me in a fun and interactive way. This is a fantastic game that I think should be used in all inorganic classes. I was impressed with how fun and easy it was to learn, and how creative this game was. It is clear that a lot of thought and time was put into this game, which has made learning inorganic chemistry so much easier for students. Aesthetically, this game looks great and the vibrant colors drew my eyes to the game right away. I was a little nervous about testing my own inorganic knowledge, however, I love that you can play this game solo if you want to brush up before playing with others! I love how competitive this game can be and how fun it is with a group of people. These games are definitely going to make great gifts for all of my science friends, and great teaching/learning aids. I also plan to bring this to many of my volunteer events, where kids can get excited about science through games. I even plan to bring this home and play with my family! This is a great game!

Review for LINK

Link, like the other games made by d-Orbital games, is a fantastic learning tool. It is a creative way to help students and scientists learn the amino acids. Merging word building with science learning is a fantastic way to teach new concepts! The game is easy to learn, sufficiently challenging to make it fun, and appropriate for a wide range of levels. I found this to be a very fun way to learn the amino acids--and not forget them!

Andrea d'Aquino

Northwestern University

Review for Slap Count

I played Slap Count with my students today (class of 35 grad students and undergrads)...it was awesome! They divided up into groups of five and each got a set of the game. They loved playing and quickly got into it! Several students even asked to borrow a set for the weekend (undoubtedly to be played over a beer at the pub!). Teaching graduate level inorganic chemistry, students are coming from a wide range of backgrounds, strengths, and weaknesses with regard to their previous inorganic chemistry education. Playing the game seemed to really help them interact with each other despite these differences, and help each other improve at quickly counting d-electrons. Of course, we are following up with a discussion of exactly what formal oxidation states do and don't mean, but this was an excellent and fun ice-breaker for the topic!

Professor Olshansky

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Review for 18 Electron Rule

I played this game card in class with 5 undergraduates taking the Advanced Inorganic Chemistry course. It was AWESOME! We had fun and students told me that it helped them remember the MOs associated with different ML6 complexes (why they can't get more than 18 = why some complexes are strict followers of 18 electron rule, and some others can have less than or equal to 18 electrons). We did 4 rounds; the first round was a practice for them to be familiar of the types of ligands (L, X) and counterions that are in the game. My suggestion is to do the same (practice round before the actual game). I brought small prizes (such as the d-orbital and other science pins) for the winners who beat me (the dealer). It would also be great to include the Z-type ligands.

 

Thanks, dorbitalgames for developing STEM games for inorganic chemistry! I wanted to try another card game (slap count) as an active learning strategy in my class next semester.

Professor Lanorio

Illinois College

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