Phelma students’ crystallography game a hit

Categorie(s) : Education, MINATEC, News

Published : 1 June 2015

The crystallography board game invented in 2013 by a group of first-year students from Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma was a hit at the closing festivities of the International Year of Crystallography held in Rabat, Morocco in late April. In fact, the game was so popular that Unesco and Dectris (the world’s leading manufacturer of detectors for X-ray diffraction) ordered an additional 100 games.

The original board game, called Reflexion, encourages players aged 7–77 to explore the crystallographic lattice of elements like diamonds, gold, and arsenic. Players must exercise their creativity to reproduce the crystalline structure represented on a card using the figures and two mirrors included in the game. Reflexion will also soon be used with school groups at MINATEC, in particular for the nano@school outreach program.


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