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Title: Happy Atoms
Center: NCER Year: 2014
Principal Investigator: Schell, Jesse Awardee: Schell Games
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months Award Amount: $149,681
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES14C0041

Purpose: In this project, the team developed a prototype of Happy Atoms, a game to support middle school students in learning about the composition of molecules. Happy Atoms includes physical manipulative balls with embedded magnets wirelessly connected to a tablet application (app) to recognize whether or not the created molecule exists and explain why or why not. The app also includes teacher resources including instructional videos and curriculum suggestions in order to better integrate the use of the product into classrooms.