Mol Chemistry is a new kind of learning tool that provides engagement and gives immediate response. A collection of focused exercises are built with modern interaction design and gamification principles in mind making it perfect to practice and master difficult problems in chemistry, on the go. All of the molecular data is sourced from the National Institutes of Health PubChem online database and vetted by chemistry professionals to ensure you have an authentic and effective learning experience. Molecules are displayed in beautiful 2D and 3D representations, giving you a sense of familiarity with an opportunity for deeper understanding. Progression gradually introduces you to more complex content, while allowing you to keep an eye on your improvement and see where to focus your attention.
During the Substrate Interactive founders' participation in the National Science Foundation I-Corps program, it came to light that organic chemistry education had not evolved to take advantage of emerging consumer technologies.
Traditionally known as a "weed out" class because of the obstacles it presents, organic chemistry presents a significant challenge for pre-health students who want to get into a competitive professional program, like medical school. Many students have trouble because they try to memorize facts instead of learning fundamental concepts. Usually the solution is to repeatedly work problems until some level of understanding is reached. Unfortunately, there's little feedback in this approach - you check your answer and it's either right or wrong.
With a background in game development and scientific visualization, Substrate Interactive won a competitive Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences to address the lack of engaging and effective resources.
Three engaging stereochemistry exercises: Chiral Centers, R vs S, and Stereoisomers
Progression System that rewards performance and keeps giving students new challenges
Beautiful molecular visualizations
Emphasis on usability
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Substrate Games receives $1.49M Phase II SBIR grant - May 7, 2019, Jake Slobe, Clay & Milk
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About Substrate Games
Founded in 2015 by Will Schneller and Dr. Eve Wurtele, Substrate Interactive is on a mission to use emerging technologies and beautiful design to make difficult science concepts approachable and enjoyable.
Mol Chemistry Credits
Head of Engineering
Head of Design
Katherine Byrd, PhD
Head of Chemical Education
Eve Syrkin Wurtele, PhD
Mol Chemistry is made possible by a competitive Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences.