Colin A. Ashe

Chemistry Education Researcher, Educational Technologist, STEM Curriculum Developer

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Looking for beta testers

I’m building a simulation-based mobile game to help students develop a conceptual understanding of chemical reactions.  I hope to get it into the Apple App Store before too long, but before it’s ready to submit, I need some people to help me test it.  Ideally, I would like a group of testers with a mix of expertise in chemistry, from chemistry instructors to total novices.

If you have an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or 4th generation iPod Touch, and you’re interested in helping, please enter your name and email address in the form after the break below, so I can follow up with you.  To thank you for your time and effort, I’ll include each tester’s name in the credits page the players see when they complete the game!

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Speaking at TMS 2012

Next week I’ll be attending the TMS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, where I’ll be giving the following talk:

Interactive Two-Dimensional Simulations as an Introduction to Core ICME Concepts

Colin Ashe1; David Yaron1; Laura Bartolo2; John Portman2; W. Craig Carter3; Donald Sadoway3

1Carnegie Mellon University; 2Kent State University; 3Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The 2008 NRC report on ICME exhorts universities to incorporate “ICME modules into a broad spectrum of materials science and engineering courses”.  While research- and industry-grade simulations are appropriate for upper-level courses, students in introductory courses would benefit from simulations of simpler systems that clearly convey central concepts.  Combining efforts in MSE, chemistry, physics, and digital libraries, we have developed a web-based computational engine for simplified two-dimensional simulations of atoms and molecules that allows students to visualize and interact with simulations as they run. These capabilities provide a means to introduce students to both the underlying materials science concepts as well as to key concepts from computational science, such as choosing a suitable simulation time-step.  In this talk, we will highlight the capabilities of our system, provide examples of its use with students, and discuss how educators interested in partnering with us might use it in their own ICME modules.

If you’re attending the conference, please consider stopping by the “Integrating and Leveraging Collaborative Efforts for ICME Education” symposium at 11:30AM on Wednesday, March 14th for my talk.