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Happy Atoms Complete Set

Manufacturer: Thames and Kosmos

Model Number: 585001

Recommended Age: Ages 10 to 17

Availability: In stock

$159.95
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Warning: Choking Hazard

Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds

Model Number: 585001

Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 13 x 3.8 inches

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Description

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 50 atom models representing 16 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 Complete Set, you can snap together thousands 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 up to 10,000 molecules. It presents in-depth information about 150 molecules and general information about the rest. 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).

Happy Atoms is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Education Science, U.S. Department of Education. Classroom viability and student learning outcome strategies have been and continue to be conducted by WestEd.

Activities and outcomes:
Children conduct chemistry and physics experiments, build robotic and solar power devices, explore the microscopic world, play archaeologist, experiment with fragrances, perform exciting science shows, etc. to ignite a lifelong love of science.

Why we like Thames & Kosmos:
- Simply the best science kits on the market and a favorite in our household!
- Compatible pieces in construction, physics, wind power, and hydropower kits
- Highly regarded, award-winning products
- Detailed color, step-by-step instructions

About:
Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 by a science museum director and her son with the mission of publishing high quality science and technology educational kits—resources for parents and their children that are more engaging, more effective, more relevant, and more fun.

The company places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive reading materials for a rich learning experience.

T&K currently offers more than 60 science and technology kits in thirteen categories, including chemistry, physics, environmental science, technology, biology, natural history, fundamentals, astronomy, classic science, little labs, sophisticated science, and construction.

Operating as the exclusive North American distributor for the science kit line of the German publishing house Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH—Kosmos for short—T&K translates, rewrites and distributes Kosmos science kits in the English language. It started designing its own line of science kits in 2005.

Providence, RI. Distributes its products primarily in the United States and Canada