Nothing is as intimidating as looking at the periodic table, the names of elements, and their symbols. How in the world are you to teach this to your children! Enter The Quest for Arete.
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Educational Gaming with Quest for Arete
I love educational games like Quest for Arete. Designed for kids ages 12 and up, Quest for Arete is an exciting game designed to introduce kids to chemistry. However younger children can play the game with older siblings or parential involvement.
The idea behind Quest for Arete is to master the elements through spell building. You combine elements to form various spells. Say you wish to create the Spell Wound Salve. Simply combine hydrogen and oxygen.
Of course the trick is to have the element cards in your hand!
Each spell has a different value. You add the valence number for each element to receive the score for the spell. Even better, the valence number is written in Roman numerals. Your kids will get quite a bit of practice reading Roman numerals!
In rummy this is as far as you go. You create spells, add the scores for the spells, and battle until 150 points is reached. It’s the perfect level to begin playing Quest for Arete.
As you gain mastery of the game, you’ll want to pick up expansion decks. This allows you to create customized decks for you to play with. Thankfully the Quest for Arete starter pack comes with two expansion decks.
We were able to customize our decks after the first game of rummy!
Do you have a spell you particularly like? Ensure you have plenty of the needed elements on hand.
Now you’re ready to duel with each other!
As you cast spells at each other you can use defensive spells to counteract an attack. Use a smothering spell to douse a flame attack. Use a medical spell to keep from being poisoned.
Quest for Arete is an exciting game to play!
The element cards also note the state of matter of each spell. Does the spell result in a gas, liquid, or solid? What type of effect does it have? Perhaps the spell results in a poison, explosion, or flame. The information is on the element card!
As you progress, add character cards to your game. Each character card belongs to a house, the school where the character was trained. You can even pick up expansion decks specific for the house you love!
- Alchemists are dedicated to study, training, and experimentation.
- Armorers focus on weapons.
- Sorcerers embrace the mystique of legends and lore.
If 3, 4, or 5 kids are desperate to duel, there’s multi-player dueling. Simply divide into two teams. And no, the teams don’t need to be even. You can battle 2 against 3 or 4 on 5.
Isn’t that awesome! I can’t tell you how many tears have flowed at my house when one child had to be left out.
The Quest for Arete & Chemistry Connection
Quest for Arete doesn’t actually teach chemistry. Let’s just say some of the behaviors in the game break the rules of chemistry.
But it is designed to introduce kids to chemistry. Kids learn about chemical symbols and valence electron counts. They learn to read the periodic table and formulas. Kids are even introduced to some historical figures borrowed for characters such as Robert Bunson, Marie Curie, and Archimedes.
After all you never know when your child’s curiosity about a historical figure such as Archimedes is sparked by a reference in a favorite game.
Create spells by interchanging elements using the periodic table. The game allows you to switch one element with a more powerful element in its valence family. For instance you can replace iron with ruthenium or osmium.
If you’re at a loss about which element belongs to which elemental family, simply read the elements right off the periodic table on the playing mat. Your kids will be comfortable reading the periodic table before they even begin studying high school chemistry.
Just think how much easier chemistry will be for them. Your kids will learn to love chemistry through the magic of Quest for Arete.
After all, in the real world, this is the magic!
Learn More About Quest for Arete
Special Bonus: As a special thank you for Classically Homeschooling’s readers, Quest for Arete has created a special coupon code just for you! With this code you get to purchase expansion sets for only $5 (normally $20) when you purchase a Quest for Arete Starter Set from the Quest for Arete website! It’s good until December 20, 2016. CODE: SD2016
How often do you use educational gaming in your homeschool?