Molecules is an easy to learn and fun to play chemistry card game. In Molecules, players compete to create various molecular compounds such as water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and even more complex molecules like acetic acid (vinegar). Players compete to collect sets of atom cards that match the atoms in the various molecular compounds. The game ends when a player completes the fourth molecular compound and the player with the most points wins.
Molecules is a fun way for players to learn how atoms come together to create compounds. Players learn about chemical nomenclature, valency, the octet rule, chemical stability, types of bonding, molecular geometry and more in this new game from Elementally Fun Games, LLC!
Molecules has just the right mix of education and geeky fun that chemistry students, chemistry teachers, chemistry enthusiasts, and gamers will enjoy! Gameplay is easy to learn and quick to teach, which makes it ideal for the classroom.
The game is designed for two to four players, ages 12 and older. The game takes around 30-40 minutes to play, which is perfect for classroom use.
Here is a video that describes the educational benefits of playing Molecules.
As students play molecules, they will review:
Chemical Nomenclature--Each molecule card has a model of the compound, chemical name & chemical formula. As students play, they will not only see the image of the compound but they will also see the name and formula associated with that substance. For example, students can use the cards to see the difference between ethane, ethene & ethyne.
Chemical Stability--The atom cards indicate how many bonds an atom can form to reach stability. As students play, they will see that carbon needs to have four bonds(i.e. 8 electrons) for stability, while oxygen needs to make two bonds and nitrogen needs to build three bonds. Students will also the effect mulitple bonds have a stability.
Lewis Structures--Playing molecules provides students with a review of Lewis structures. Each molecule card represents the various molecules in their Lewis structure forms. The atom cards be used to put together various molecular compounds based on the rules for writing Lewis structures. Students can even create compounds that are not included in the game.
Molecular Geometry--Each molecule card not only provides the name and formula but also illustrates the molecular shape in vibrant colors. Each illustration replicates the moleuclar geometry of each molecular compound. For example, the methane card shows the tetrahedral shape of the molecule and the water card is represented in the bent shape.
Bonding Types--The molecule cards have three types of bonding: single, double, & triple bonds. The images on the cards show how the type of bonding affects the stability and molecular geometry.
We are running this Kickstarter campaign with the idea that people like to save money for quality products. With that in mind, we are offering Molecules at the lowest price anywhere. Molecules will retail for $22.99 and here on Kickstarter we are offering the game for only $16.00. This is our way of saying thank you for helping us to produce Molecules. As you buy more games, you will save even more. If you pledge $60, you get 4 games and saves 35%. By pledging $112, you save almost 40% and receive 8 games, which is an entire classroom set, enough for 32 students. Choose the Noble Gases level, by pledging $130, and you will receive a savings of 43% and 10 copies of Molecules.
We need your help to make Molecules and to thank you were are passing the savings on to you. We can offer this deal because by using Kickstarter we cut out the distributor and the retailer. We know that teachers don't make a professional athlete's salary and that many teachers have to supply their own classrooms. Our pricing scale makes it easier for teachers to purchase multiple copies for their students.
All of the stretch goals will be produced with every game we produce.
Hydrogen--For $1.00 you will receive our gratitude.
Alkali Metals--Receive 1 copy of Molecules (MSRP $22.99) for just $16.00. FREE Shipping for US (Canada add $6 and the rest of the world add $12). This level receives all of the funded stretch goals.
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Transition Metals--Receive 4 copies of Molecules (MSRP $91.96) for just $60.00. FREE Shipping for US (Canada add $20 and the rest of the world add $35). This level receives all of the funded stretch goals.
Halogens--Receive 8 copies of Molecules (MSRP $183.92) for just $112.00. FREE Shipping for US (Canada add $35 and the rest of the world add $50). This level receives all of the funded stretch goals.
Noble Gases--Receive 10 copies of Molecules (MSRP $229.90) for just $130.00. FREE Shipping for US (Canada add $40 and the rest of the world add $65). This level receives all of the funded stretch goals.
Molecules is a very easy to play game. The goal of the game is to have the most points at the end of the game. Players score points by building various molecular compounds (the more complex, the higher the points). To build a molecule, players must collect sets of atom cards that match a particular compound. For detailed instructions, click the link below. Keep in mind that this is still a prototype and the final instructions may differ.
Below is a link to a Print & Play version of Molecules! The print & play has all of the cards that come with the core game and the first two stretch goals.
My name is Daniel Dulek and I'm a high school chemistry teacher and the designer of Molecules. I love to play games and I think that playing games is important for students. As high school teachers, we become preoccupied with standards, focusing on curriculum and preparing for standardized tests that we forget that learning should be fun! As a teacher, I wanted to find a good educational game that was more than just answering questions, rolling dice and moving a pawn. I wanted a game that required students to apply general chemistry concepts, while also having thoughtful game play. Since I couldn't really find any games that fit that criteria, I decided to create my own.
I have already produced two chemistry review games, Chemistry: An Atom Building Game & Meltdown, a cooperative chemistry review game. Both games are available on Amazon and have been featured in numerous science teacher supply catalogs, such as Nasco and American Educational Products. Chemistry: An Atom Building Game has recently gone into its second printing.
I have also produced two animated video lessons with TED-Ed, The Mole & The Haber Process. These lessons have been watched by more than 400,000 teachers & students. I have also worked with Google to create online lessons for teachers and have written articles for Chemistry Solutions, which is an online chemistry teacher journal pubished by the American Chemical Society. I have been teaching high school chemistry, honors chemistry & AP chemistry, for over 16 years.
Assuming there are no glitches along the way, we will be shipping the games by early June. Why such a long wait? To be honest, because we are a very small business and I'm still a full-time chemistry teacher. June is the absolute latest (assuming no hold ups) we will start shipping. I want to be honest and I don't want to make promises that I can't keep. Besides teaching, I also have a wife and two kids. They have been extremely supportive but I don't want to lose any more time with them. They have been very understanding and helpful. During the campaign, I will keep you updated in a timely manner and I will do what I can to get you the game as early as possible. I just know from experience that during the school year, life is very busy and I don't want to make a commitment I know I can't keep. Thanks for your support and understanding!
Risks and challenges
Nothing in life is without risk & challenges, and while the production of Molecules is not immune to this, I do have experience that will greatly limit these obstacles.
I have experience producing both a card game (Chemistry: An Atom Building Game) and a full-scale board game (Meltdown) with my current manufacturer. I have a strong relationship with my manufacturer and I have been very happy with their products, workmanship, & professionalism. The biggest challenge is always getting the product finished on time. There are always a number of unknown factors that pop up.
The Molecules base game is complete and ready to print. I just have to finish up some of the stretch goal cards and send the cards for finally approval.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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