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Molecularium Project aims to get kids excited about STEM

March 04, 2018 07:31 PM

Remember the first time you learned about atoms and molecules?

Chances are they didn't look anything like they do at The Molecularium Project.

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"We use immersive media and games to get them excited about the nano world that's all around them,” said Molecularium Project Producer Kurt Przybilla.

The Molecularium Project started at RPI’s Nanotechnology Center in 2000.

"The whole idea was entertainment but education based entertainment so people would have lots of fun doing it but they learn something,” said Molecularium Project Executive Producer Richard W. Siegel.

Created to expand science literacy and awareness, audiences first met characters like Oxy and her pals Hydro and Hydra through a digital dome experience.

Then there was an IMAX feature film, followed by the creation of a virtual theme park online and now there's a free app for kids to use, too.

"It's Angry Birds meets nanospace. It's a molecule building game where you launch atoms to build molecules,” said Przybilla.

"I like to describe it as going where the kids are,” Siegel said.

Siegel is one of three creators behind the Molecularium Project. Their goal is to get kids excited about professions in STEM, especially women.

"Under-represented groups in STEM are really important,” Siegel said. "We're feeding the cutting edge of science to them but in a user friendly way."

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