Chemation: A handheld chemistry modeling and animation tool

Lisa Ann Scott, Robert Zimmerman, Hsin Yi Chang, Mary Heitzman, Joseph Krajcik, Kate Lynch McNeill, Chris Quintana, Elliot Soloway

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Citations (Scopus)


Chemation, a simple 2-D modeling and animation tool for handhelds (e.g., PalmOS computers), was developed to help teach important chemistry concepts, such as chemical reaction, conservation of mass, and the particulate nature of matter (as specified in national standards). Users build 2-D molecular models of substances and then, through a process of copying and modifying the model, create flipbook-style animations to illustrate various processes. Chemation is currently being piloted by teachers using a standards-based, inquiry-oriented 7th grade chemistry curriculum. The tool is intended to be an alternative or a supplement to current hands-on activities in which students build physical (balland-stick) models to represent various chemical phenomena. In this demonstration, we will show the basic functions of Chemation highlighting its important features-modeling and animation of chemical processes on a handheld tool. We will also show example student models of various chemical processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2004 Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding a Community, IDC 2004
EditorsJuan Pablo Hourcade, Allison Druin, Sharmon Kollet
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)1581137915, 9781581137910
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2004 - College Park, United States
Duration: 2004 Jun 12004 Jun 3

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2004 Conference on Interaction Design and Children: Building a Community, IDC 2004


Conference3rd International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCollege Park


  • Animation
  • Chemistry
  • Handheld
  • Modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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