“The 21st-Century Chemistry Set” in Chemical and Engineering News
April 9, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
Excerpted from an article by Lauren K. Wolf
These days, most chemistry kits are mere shadows of their predecessors from the 1940s and ’50s. Gone are the chemicals that produce flashes, bangs, and smells. In their place are substances that make innocuous shampoos and slimes.
But that hasn’t stopped the Chemical Heritage Foundation, in Philadelphia, from trying to give today’s kids the thrill of randomly mixing chemicals to see what happens. CHF’s new ChemCrafter app for the iPad allows users to purchase test tubes full of elements and containers of acid, combine them, and ignite things at will—all in the safety of a stylized virtual lab. Read More.