Electronimoes - Circular Atomic Bonding Playing Cards
Electronimoes - Circular Atomic Bonding Playing Cards
Electronimoes circular atomic bonding cards are the chemistry game to play first! Think dominos with patterns where like elements match
Electronimoes circular atomic bonding cards are the chemistry game to play first! Think dominos with patterns where like elements match Read more
What are Electronimoes©?
" Julie Newdoll’s Electronimoes is an easily learned, colorful game. The bonding combinations that one comes up with in the course of game make sense. They teach beautifully, and even researchers may wonder at what molecules students can make!”
Professor Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with Kenichi Fukui)
There are more and more chemistry games and kits out there, but none of them explore bonding between atoms to form molecules the way Electronimoes do. Why does that baking soda and vinegar volcano fizz, anyway? Electronimoes are circular playing cards that represent the first 18 atoms in the Periodic Table ready to make bonds, so you can begin to imagine why certain elements like to bond together, and which ones might behave alike or not. They fit together as easy as dominoes. Making a double bond? Get double points! Close up the molecule, take the stack. If you like to play card games like Gin Rummy, Old Maid, or Concentration, this deck can be used for a molecular version of these and seven other games specially designed for them.
The symbolism and patterns tell a huge story about the atom. The electrons are represented by arrows. Colored shapes representing electron clouds as they are thought be arranged around an atom make up the patterns in the cards. The electrons are NOT arranged around the atom like planets revolving around the sun, which is incorrect and difficult to unlearn once presented this way to beginners in chemistry.
Electronimoes are so easy to it together and play with that they can be introduced at a young age (see this home school article). However, the symbols and artwork contain deep concepts for discussions in 7th and 8th grade, high school and college coursework.
Why I am Designing Chemistry Games?
I specialize in bringing molecular science to audiences not necessarily familiar with the deep concepts embedded in the research of a specialist. When my seven year old began asking questions about what all the numbers meant on the back of those colorful element cards produced by Theodore Gray, I embarked on a journey to explain, in visual terms, our current understanding about atoms and how they bond together. I discovered that not everyone is in agreement on this matter, but there are certain concepts that begin to explain what is under the hood of an atom. They have been reviewed and approved by members of the National Academy of Science, Royal Chemistry Society, and other prominent scientists. The video below shows how to play one of the games I designed, but teachers and gamers could design their own novel games with this new type of circular deck.
Electronimoes So Far
1,000 decks of Electronimoes later, my family-funded, made in USA, experiment has proven to be fun and useful, mainly to classrooms, but also to the chemistry enthusiast and their families. I even had some success with them at the KublaCon game convention, and developed a set of "gamey" rules for this type of player. They are currently being distributed through a company called Educational Innovations and on my website www.electronimoes.com. They are too expensive, however, for a public that is used to buying things produced in large quantities. This is why I need to produce a larger batch, to make them more affordable. I will also make some changes based on suggestions from the first run.
What you are Funding
When showing Electronimoes to people, it is always the parents that say "Oh, chemistry, too hard." The kids love it, like to add up and multiply their scores (it is secretly also a math game) and look at the designs. Your contribution to this project could change the future generation into a group that has a positive and fun first experience with chemistry, atoms, and how the world is put together. I hope that people will make up their own games with the cards, and use them to grow a scientifically inspired community.
My goal is to
- Raise enough money to print at least 3,000 decks of the cards, which will be an updated version based on comments I received from printing the first thousand decks.
- Print at least 1,000 manuals, and make the manual available digitally online as an option.
- Packaging material for the cards.
- Storage and shipping of the cards, through a fulfillment center or from a warehouse nearby.
- Streamline the Electronimoes website, adding a place for users to contribute and share their own games using the cards.
- Additional money received would go to help market the cards and get the message out to educators, home schoolers and gamers.
About the Prizes and my Artwork
News flash! I just added two chemistry party options which I will run at an agreed upon location with you!
My latest project involves wood puzzle ames of the first ten elements. One of the prizes is a small run of only 25 of this version to be produced. Here is a sample. The red lines are cut lines.
Prints and originals of my artwork are prize options. This painting is called "Dawn of the Double Helix", which you can find on my artwork webpages, uses figures to show how the two strands on a DNA helix run in opposite directions (one side is heads up, while the other is heads down). www.brushwithscience.com
I also created rubber stamps of the elements and produced paintings like this one, which I offer as one of the rewards:
www.electronimoes.com shows many hand crafted chemistry game examples made of metal and wood for prizes, as well as decks of the first printing of Electronimoes. I will also offer decks of the next printing if funded.
Risks and challenges
My biggest challenge is reaching the people that I know will appreciate this deck of cards once they are produced. I had so many teachers rave about the cards when they saw them at events such as the BCCE (Biennial Conference of Chemical Education) and especially ChemEd 2013. I need to make a bigger print run so they are affordable to classrooms, museum shops, etc. There is a lot of work to do to get them out there! It is not worth publicizing them further, however, until I have a batch that is affordable. This is why I need help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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