Our Teaching As Research (TAR) project is a new venture towards assessing the validity of our games. We collaborate with graduate students and professors that take an interest in implementing our games in their classroom and plan to publish the effectiveness of said games. We also look to collaborate with other academics and non-academics on designing board or card games for their classroom with the purpose of motivating, educating, and increasing student's enjoyment in the sciences. 

If you have an idea for a game and wish to collaborate with us, please send us an email at info@dorbitalgames.org

The 1H NMR Spectrum game, the first example of a team-based tabletop game focused on elucidating the structures of organic small molecules using 1H NMR spectra, was developed and deployed at a college-level organic chemistry lecture course and laboratory course. The tabletop game was designed as a collaborative and competitive group activity to encourage multiple rounds of play to help students reinforce their 1H NMR spectra interpretation skills. While playing in either team-based or free-for-all mode, students analyzed the provided chemical shifts, splitting patterns, integrations, and molecular formula within a designated time limit to correctly deduce the structure associated with the 1H NMR spectrum. After playing the game, students in a lecture course, and a laboratory course self-reported that they felt more comfortable solving 1H NMR spectroscopy questions, found the game to be an appealing study aid, and were able to complete multiple rounds of play to strengthen their skills in interpreting 1H NMR spectra. The 1H NMR Spectrum tabletop game may serve as an engaging and competitive group learning tool to supplement teaching on 1H NMR spectroscopy.

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Student players are tasked with visualizing the molecular orbitals of transition metal complexes. To complete this task, they must connect the symmetry adapted linear combination (SALC) of ligand atomic orbitals with that of the atomic orbital of the metal center. In hopes of strengthening student’s visualization of both the atomic and molecular orbitals of transition metal complexes and organic molecules, the “SALC” betting game was crafted. 

SALC is an orbital arrangement game where students position ligand s-orbitals around the metal center orbital (or vice versa in alternative game play). Students then place blind bets for the correct or incorrect SALC arrangement. The winning condition for  SALC is to be the player with the most winning bets at the end of the game. We believe our SALC game is worth betting on if you are looking for a creative way to assist your inorganic chemistry students with SALC.


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