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Venezuelan student develops a videogame to learn chemistry

Venezuelan student develops a videogame to learn chemistry

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on August 26, 2014

The student of Electronic Engineering from Simon Bolivar University, Annybell Villarroel, won the first place in the Program RetoU (ChallengeU) creating an educative videogame applied to the subject chemistry.

The program, focus on high school students, tries to combine all the elements in an appropriate level joining the valences by clicking them and bring them with the mouse. The player has to win as many stars as possible in the shortest possible time to complete the level.

"When I see my Mom playing Candy Crush over and over again until she finally reaches the next level, I realized that games may permit to promote values as perseverance, because the funny way they have to make you persist. So I created this Project looking for a tool that would allow motivating students to study chemistry (…),” explains Villarroel.

The student was one of the ten finalists in the tenth edition of RetoU with projects that have benefited diverse communities of the country in areas such as social entrepreneurship, health, culture, attention to elder people, integration of disabled people, ecological conscious, nutrition, roadways, integration of indigenous communities, community and agriculture.

After her application and nomination, she defended her initiative before judges selected by Venamcham (Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce), Rotary Club and Mercantil Foundation formed by professionals of the academic field, organizers and managers with experience in creating and implementing projects representatives of the sponsor companies

"RetoU has two dimensions: train the Young students in the social responsibility area and stimulate the creation of social projects by connecting with their communities’ needs. Although focus of the Project is not its implementation, we create spaces, with our allies and the universities, to implement them,” said José Bernardo Guevara, member of Rotary Club Baruta.

The program started in 2004 sponsored by Venamcham and Rotary Club with the support of Foundation Mercantil. Ten years later, it keeps connecting students with social projects in near communities to their homes or universities. 

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