Client: MIT Energy Initiative
Skills: Writing, Producing
Remember those Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, the ones where “if you want to follow the noise, turn to page 12; to ignore it, turn to page 27?” We do too. So when MIT asked us to come in and brainstorm about radically new teaching tools, we decided to try a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure chemistry game. We picked a topic that’s in every intermediate or advanced chemistry curriculum (the photoelectric effect) – but not usually given a lot of in-class teaching time – and designed a 3+ hour chemistry adventure. The game puts you in the shoes of a 19th-century scientist and takes you through all the experiments – and the reasoning – behind Einstein’s postulation that light can behave either as a particle or a wave. A beta version of the game is available here. Enjoy!