Happy Atoms Introductory Set
Chemistry is the science of materials, their properties, and how they react with each other. All materials are made of atoms. Why do some atoms combine with each other while other atoms do not? Because atoms just want to be happy!
Of course, atoms don’t really have feelings. But they do have observable behaviors. And atoms tend to be more stable, or “happy,” when they have certain numbers of electrons whizzing around their cores. Where do they find extra electrons if they need more to be happy? From other atoms that have too many electrons, of course! When atoms share or exchange electrons to be happy, they stick together. Happy atoms form molecules!
With this revolutionary approach to teaching chemistry, you can make your own happy atoms! This physical and digital system lets you discover the world of molecules in an intuitive, hands-on way.
Using a set of 17 atom models representing 6 different elements, you can assemble your own molecular models. The atoms connect easily with magnets: metal tips on the ends of rubbery arms, which represent free electrons, snap onto magnetic bonding sites on the atom spheres, which represent empty spots for electrons in the atom’s outermost electron shell.
With the Happy Atoms Introductory Set, you can snap together hundreds of different molecules. Because the atoms already have the correct number of free electrons and empty bonding sites, it is difficult to build a molecule that doesn't actually exist. Happy Atoms function like the building blocks of the universe!
The digital component takes this molecular modeling system to the next level. Using the Happy Atoms app and the camera on your tablet or smartphone, you can scan molecules you build. The app then uses state-of-the-art image recognition technology to identify the molecules.
After a molecule is discovered, the app presents information about it, including its composition, usage, properties, hazards, formula, and structure. The app can recognize hundreds of the molecules that you can build with this set. It presents detailed information about 49 of the molecules you can build.
The app is a fun and interactive chemistry curriculum. It takes you on guided quests to discover new molecules and learn about them. You can track your progress with the app, collecting sets of molecules that you have built and explored.
Many people think of chemistry as complicated and hard to grasp. New technology now enables us to take this innovative approach to teaching chemistry, making it more tangible and instinctive than ever before. Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS 8 (or later) or Android 4.4 (or later, with 1GB RAM, dual-core processor, and camera).
Also available: the Educator's Bundle.
Download the App:
Apple Device Requirements:
- iPad 2 or later
- iPhone 5 or later
- Running iOS 8 or later
Android Device Requirements:
- 1 GB RAM minimum
- Android 4.4 and up
- Dual-core processor
- Built-in camera
What do you do with Happy Atoms?
Build thousands of molecules from plastic atom models that connect easily using magnets. Experiment on your own by snapping together atoms to form molecules, or follow detailed step-by-step instructions for 150 molecules. Because the physical atom models already have the correct number of free electrons and empty bonding sites, it is difficult to build a molecule that doesn’t actually exist.
Discover what molecules you’ve built! Using the included Happy Atoms app and the camera on your smartphone or tablet (sold separately), you can scan your creation. The app then identifies the molecule using state-of-the-art image recognition technology. For 150 of the molecules you can build with the atoms in the Educator's Bundle, the app provides detailed information about them, including their composition, usage, properties, the breakdown of their chemical names, any hazards the molecules could pose, how the molecules are used in the real world, and much more. The app will also provide basic information about the thousands of other molecules you can build with a 50-atom set. The Educator's Bundle includes 5 Complete 50-atom sets.
Explore the molecules you discover, assemble collections of them, and complete guided chemistry tasks in the app. All 150 molecules are organized into the World of Molecules, a map organized by the type of atoms that are in the molecule. For example, if the molecule has sulfur in it, you will likely find it on the Sulfur Shores. If you build a special, uncharted molecule, you’ll find it in the Frontier. There are all sorts of molecules waiting to be discovered.
The Physical Atoms
The atom models in the set are made of plastic spheres that connect using magnets: metal tips on the end of rubbery arms (clear for ionic bonds, white for covalent bonds) represent the free electron(s) from that atom, making electrons simpler for kids to quickly visualize. Flat magnet sites on the atoms represent how many electrons that atom can receive. The magnet system provides a clear picture of how bonding works: energy is released to form bonds, and energy is required to break bonds. Kids experience the ease of connecting atoms (forming bonds) and the effort of disconnecting atoms (breaking bonds) with the magnetic connectors. The atoms vary in size depending on atomic mass, while the flexibility of the rubbery arms demonstrate that bonds are not rigid. Each atom has its element’s symbol printed on it, and the physical models in Happy Atoms enable kids to visualize single, double, and triple bonds something you can’t do without the use of small parts in the ball-and-stick modeling system.
The Happy Atoms app takes this molecular modeling system to the next level. The app uses the camera in your smartphone or tablet (sold separately) to scan the molecule you’ve created and analyzes it based on each individual atom’s size, shape, and markings, as well as each atom’s relative position to one another, to determine the identity of the molecule. After the molecule is discovered, the app presents information about it, including its composition, systematic name, usage, properties, structure, and more. The app can recognize up to 10,000 molecules and presents in-depth information about 150 molecules and general information about the rest. The World of Molecules map stores your discoveries as you chart your own personal chemical expedition! This digital platform provides a gamified learning environment for kids to study chemistry and promotes independent play and learning; Harper and Andee, characters within the app, accompany and guide kids on their chemistry adventure, offering encouragement and asking for help with their research. The Happy Atoms app requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS 8 (or later) or Android 4.4 (or later, with 1GB RAM, dual-core processor, and camera), not included.
Happy Atoms: Educator's Bundle includes (5) Happy Atoms: Complete Sets and comes with 250 atom models that represent 16 different elements: 70 Hydrogen atoms, 5 Helium atoms, 10 Lithium atoms, 10 Beryllium atoms, 30 Carbon atoms, 15 Nitrogen atoms, 30 Oxygen atoms, 10 Fluorine atoms, 5 Neon atoms, 10 Sodium atoms, 10 Magnesium atoms, 10 Silicon atoms, 10 Phosphorus atoms, 10 Sulfur atoms, 10 Chlorine atoms, and 5 Argon atoms. The 16 elements represented in this kit are the most common and important atoms for a student to learn about when they are building the groundwork for their study of chemistry. The Educator's Bundle also comes with the Happy Atoms app (free to download on the App Store, from Google Play, or in the Kindle Store), a periodic table poster that doubles as a scanning mat, and 5 white drawstring bags (one for each Complete 50-atom Set) for easy clean-up and storage. The included Quickstart Guides (5 total) get kids using Happy Atoms right away, offering up some initial experiments and guidance to familiarize them with the Happy Atoms system.
|Set Comparison||Introductory Set||Complete Set||Educator's Bundle|
|Number of Different Molecules You Can Build||508||17,593||17,593|
|Number of Atoms Included||17||50||250|
|Number of Different Elements Included||6||16||16|
|Some of the Cool Molecules You Can Build||Propane, Acetone, Formaldehyde, Table salt, Ammonium chloride||Glucose, Fructose, Vitamin C, Histamine, GABA, Hexane||Glucose, Fructose, Vitamin C, Histamine, GABA, Hexane|