Science learning games that put content and pedagogy first

Who we are

We are a devoted team of educators, scientists, designers, animators, and developers on a mission to bring game-based learning to higher education classrooms. We’re passionate about learning, especially when it comes to the student experience. We also love to have fun—we eat good food, play lots of games, and enjoy spirited brainstorming sessions.

Our Mission

To teach fundamental science concepts on an intuitive level in a fun, challenging, and engaging way

To give chemistry students deepened, enduring understandings of key concepts

To seamlessly merge game play with science content to create rich game-based learning environments

Our Approach

At the heart of everything we do is the desire to help students understand fundamental ideas in science by understanding the “why” behind these ideas. In order to develop rich, engaging content based on sound pedagogy, we first curate the content based on our own set of criteria.

Then we:

Determine which concepts to address and how best to organize and present them by asking ourselves and others many, many questions.

Ideate game-based experiences using interactions and rules that are grounded in the actions and rules of chemistry.

Play test repeatedly with each other, with students in small focus groups, and then finally in real-world classrooms.

Continually iterate and playtest until we’re satisfied the experiences are fun, engaging, and result in fundamental understandings.

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Important Notice

It is with regret that we inform you that Playmada has decided to cease operations. After June 30, 2022 we will no longer be able to provide customer support and training for Collisions.

As of July 1st, 2022, Collisions will remain available and free to all educators and students.

Unfortunately, email, phone or training support will not be available. Visit our user support forum at https://playmada.boards.net.

We welcome you to continue making the most of using Collisions for free in your classroom.

Thank you for your support.