Release notes – v 1.3.176 – 25 November 2013

 

This release adds several exciting new features and enhancements, as well as lots of new content for the Year 8 curriculum.

  • Additional year 8 activity – Cells – Mitosis (1 activity)
  • Quests – 5 immersive quests – aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Science
  • New 3D environments – Biodome and Asian Woodland
  • Discoveries
  • Inventory
  • Achievements
  • Tools – Periodic table
  • School settings – Local content hosting

Schools using the Windows App, OS X App or the iPad App simply need to download the new version of IntoScience (v1.3) from our website or the App store.

New features in v1.3

Quests

This release proudly introduces Quests: an exciting new approach to engaging your students in science education. Students now have access to an expansive 3D environment where they will apply their knowledge to solve problems, make discoveries and help new-found friends. Students can now:

Discover hidden portraits of famous scientists and learn about their lives.
Find the lost planet models and re-build a model of our solar system in the Observatory.
Meet Lawrence, your robot helper in the Biodome, and help recover his arm from a mischievous feline.
Classify 10 exotic animals in the lush Asian Woodland habitat.
Help restore PARK, the Biodome computer system.

New environments – Biodome and Asian Woodland

We’ve taken our 3D world to the next level!

Beyond the doors of the Research Lab lies a world waiting to be discovered: The Biodome. This rich 3D environment lets students and teachers collect items, interact with animals and meet new characters on their quest for science knowledge.

Students will take their first steps on an adventure to restore the Biodome to its former glory, using their skills and knowledge to assist their robot helper, Lawrence, to rebuild the PARK database.

Discoveries

Great discoveries await students exploring the Biodome as they endeavour to complete Quests. Each discovery holds vital information that students must piece together with observations and evidence to help solve bigger problems.

Inventory

Adventurers are now packed and ready to go! Student avatars come equipped with inventories where they can store and use items found along their quests, including equipment that can help them scan animals, update the PARK database and communicate with Lawrence.

Achievements

Learning just got more rewarding with the addition of achievements. These unlock-able honours help drive student participation, encourage practice and rewards student progress. The results screen now holds all the unlocked Achievements plus clues on how to discover more.

Periodic table tool

We’ve added the first of many scientific reference tools, The periodic table of Elements. Students can quickly access this tool from anywhere, anytime.

School settings – Local content hosting

By hosting all the IntoScience content on a local network drive, you can save your school bandwidth and speedup access to all activities and videos. It’s easy to set up and configure. Just download the IntoScience content archive, place it on a shared drive on the network and input the URL in the School settings panel using any teacher level account.

New content

With 2 new topics and 17 new activities this is our second biggest instalment of Year 8 content for the Australian Curriculum: Science.

Year 8 – Elements, compounds and mixtures

These 7 new interactive activities will help your students understand the relationship between elements, compounds and mixtures. Familiarise themselves with the periodic table and delve deeper into compounds.

Classification of matter

What exactly is an element, a compound or a mixture? Is a metal a pure substance? Analyse real-world samples to understand how matter is classified.

Changing models of the atom

From ancient times to today, our understanding of the basic unit of matter, the atom, has changed dramatically. Take a journey through time to see how the atomic model has evolved.

Structure of the atom

Discover what atoms are made up of and how to represent them correctly. Challenge yourself to write the electron configurations of the first 18 elements.

Introduction to the periodic table

Welcome to the periodic table! This vital reference tool contains the ingredients to all matter in the universe. Get to know the groups, periods and special names given to certain elements.

Properties and uses of elements

A meteorite has caused problems, but can it also be a solution? Experiment with the elements to uncover properties of metals and non-metals and find out if the meteorite might be useful.

Comparing compounds

Investigate how and why atoms bond together to form compounds. The two classes of compounds –ionic and covalent– have quite different properties. Can you tell which is which?

Naming compounds

Decipher what seems like a whole new language by learning how to name compounds made of only two elements. Master the name game and prove your chemical talent!

+Mid and End challenges.

Year 8 – Forms of energy

Investigate types of kinetic and potential energy and how they can be transferred or transformed. Learn about energy efficiency, waste energy and even how to design an eco friendly household.

Kinetic and potential energy

Explore the main types of kinetic and potential energies, and recognise them in everyday situations.

Energy transformations

Investigate how energy can be transferred from one object to another, or transformed into different types of energy. Learn how to present energy transformations in flow diagrams.

Conduction, convection and radiation

Explore the three ways heat can be transferred: conduction, convection and radiation. Learn about some examples of heat transfer from everyday life.

Energy efficiency

Many energy transformations  are very inefficient. Recognise how much energy can be wasted as heat by looking at a car’s efficiency.

The home energy challenge

Can you help four families reduce their home energy use? Challenge yourself to balance reduction targets, budgets and family needs.

+ Mid and End challenges.

Year 7 – Cells

We’ve rounded out the Cells topic with this amazingly accurate simulation of Mitosis.

Mitosis

Understand how this incredible part of the cell cycle divides cells for growth and repair. Take a hands-on approach to learn the phases of mitosis.

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