Overview

The Monster Music game addresses students' common and persistent misconception that electricity is a substance, like water that flows through a pipe. Flipping an on/off switch, then, is like turning on/off a faucet: It stops the electricity from continuing to flow, but the electricity is still in the wire. The purpose of the Monster Music digital game is to provide a metaphor that helps students visualize a counterintutive scientific idea. In this case, it's to allow students to imagine electricity as a form of energy that moves through space—not like a substance, by travelling from one place to another, but by a process of alignment, creating a pattern from which a powerful form of energy emerges.

Monster Music can be used with subtopics associated with electricity:  matter and energy, charge and flow, pattern and alignment, and electricity and circuits. Explanations and support materials for these are available in the Curricular Connections page.