October 22, 2008

Science of Survival Exhibit

A former colleague from ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) asked how could the chemical industry help play a part in energizing teaching and putting the flair back into teenage science.

One sure-fire way to attract teenagers and young adults (even old crones like me) is to put science on their electronic brainwaves especially via video games and the internet. Just look at the growth of the billion-dollar educational toys market!

For example, maybe the chemical industry can design a website-based game where teenagers can be chlorine atoms and find out if they will either explode or create beautiful products together if they hook up with several of their nitrogen and hydrogen buddies under a certain atmospheric condition...

To get to my point, I mentioned attending the Science of Survival Exhibit in Liberty Science Center in New Jersey last week, and the idea of creating your own sustainable city in 2050 using interactive games is absolutely brilliant. You get to choose your lifestyle of living involving food and drink, mode of transportation, the stuff that you enjoy, the place you live in, and finally find out how that lifestyle will affect your future.

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