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Sunday, December 3 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
We Put Huge Molecules in the Sky and our Kids Loved It: Using Minecraft in High School Chemistry

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Have you ever quested for a molecule the size of a shopping mall? Have you ever teleported with your best friends while earning science credit? Two teachers and a vivacious college kid pulled together an adventure to end all chemistry lectures. This chemistry lesson and digital game placed students from a public high school smack dab in the middle of a mountainous region in Minecraft. With the help of some friends, WolfRam Alpha and an interactive notebook in Google Drive, students quested for larger than life molecules hidden throughout this colorful world. If that wasn’t enough, students from a neighboring elementary school were bussed in as Minecraft mentors. You see, not all kids are experts at Minecraft. In this workshop you will learn about the instructional design and big ideas that resulted in the Molecraft Adventure Map. Participants will have a front row seat as these teachers share their design processes, the technical wizardry of Minecraft and the integration of chemistry standards.

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Michelle Karpovich

Chemistry Teacher
My name is Michelle Karpovich. I have been teaching high school chemistry at Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, Virginia for the past 15 years. I teach 6 classes, 3 preps, and 140 students in a school that operates on an 8-period day in a modified block schedule. I began implementation... Read More →
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Gene Osborn

Assistant Director for Technology Integration, Albemarle County Public Schools-Dept. of Technology
Assistant Director for Technology Integration

Sunday December 3, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST
Brush Mountain