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Teach Elements
with ChemCaper

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Today we’re getting to know ChemCaper, the chemistry role-playing game! This lesson features the game’s tutorial.

Teacher Resources

This lesson introduces your students to ChemCaper, the chemistry role-playing game. In practice, this means that all characters in ChemCaper embody some kind of chemical concept (such as particles, chemical bonds and elements). This will allow you to use the game to spark the students’ interest in real chemical phenomena.

  • Theory: This lesson focuses on learning to play ChemCaper and features little theory. Later lessons focus on important theoretical topics, such as chemical bonds, elements and particles.
  • Play: Students learn how to play the game by playing through its tutorial.
  • Share & Discuss: This slide focuses on the students opening up and discussing their playing experience for both their benefit and yours.

Chemistry: Overview

  • The branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances
  • An example of a chemical reaction: two hydrogen atoms (H) connect to an oxygen atom (O) with covalent bonds to create a compound that is water (H2O)
  • Another example: salt or sodium chloride (NaCl) dissolves if it is placed in water.

Ball and stick model.

Teacher Resources

This slide acts a brief overview of chemistry. Depending on how you wish to teach this lesson, you can go over this subject quickly, using only the slide, or you can utilize sources, both your own and the ones below. If you so wish, you can also have the students work on chemistry projects as an introduction to chemistry-powered world of ChemCaper.



Image Source: Ball and Stick Model of Methyl-2 Bromoacetate, Wikimedia Commons.


Lesson Goal

Main screen.

Teacher Resources

Starting the game in ChemCaper is simple. Simply press or click the “New Game” button and the game will begin loading. If you are continuing the game and not beginning a new game, the option will say “Continue” instead.

You can leave this slide open as the students are playing. Let the students play the game until the last 5-10 minutes.

Here are some tips for you if the students are having problems:

  1. The game has easy controls. No buttons are required! If you play the game on a tablet, all you need is the touch controls. On a computer, you only need a mouse.
  2. Play the game yourself. The easiest way to help the students is if you know how the game works. Spending just ten minutes in the game will give you a good general idea on how all the game’s mechanics work.
  3. Suggest to the students to talk to all the villagers. If the students are stuck, talking to all the villagers will solve the problem.
  4. Remind the students to read the tutorials. There can be a lot of text in a role-playing game but some information is vital. Remind the students to read all of it to know what they are doing!

How to Play

After the game loads, select Play to start the game.

Gameplay screenshot

The game begins after the cinematic. It cannot be skipped.

Gameplay screenshot

Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • What was most fun about the game?
  • Did you get stuck at any point? Where?
  • Did you find the game’s own dictionary? Was there something particularly interesting in it?
  • Do you have a favorite petticle?

Teacher Resources

Use these questions to get the students to talk about the game and their experiences with it, preparing them to work on the tasks on the next slide.

A note on finding the game’s dictionary: Click on Roub’s image and then the dictionary tab in the top to access the game’s dictionary.

Tasks after Playing

What are the petticles? What kind of “petticles” can be found in real life?

Show Notes

The petticles are particles, small objects that include atoms, subatomic particles, microscopic particles and macroscopic particles (such as powders). There are many kinds of particles in our everyday lives, but almost all of them are invisible to the naked eye, as they are so small. A good example of visible particles are welding sparks.

What is a compound?

Show Notes

A compound is a combination of multiple atoms, and includes different types of atoms (such as water, H2O). Combinations that only consist of a single type of element are not compounds (such as the gas dinitrogen, N2).

Look up the different states of matter, and list at least one example of each!

Show Notes

The common four ones are enough: liquid, solid, gas and plasma! Water provides an excellent example of each state of the matter, except plasma: plasma can be understood as a different sort of gaseous form, which conducts electricity. The plasma state can be found in nature with lightning and fire.