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Virtual Chemistry

Discover the lab from your tablet!


Did you know chemistry sets have been around since the late 1700s?

Portable kits that allow people to conduct experiments have inspired generations all over the world to discover and explore chemistry and the scientific process. Many prominent chemists have attributed their first interest in chemistry to the gift of a chemistry set when they were a child.

While still available in physical form, chemistry sets have of course crossed over into the virtual world. The Science History Institute’s award-winning iPad app and interactive timeline take you through the fascinating history of the chemistry set and enable you to conduct virtual experiments!

iPad app: ChemCrafter

Chemical reactions don’t just happen—you have to make them happen. ChemCrafter lets you build your own lab to run fun and creative experiments. Use the Chem-o-Convertor to measure energy released and gain points that unlock new experiments, equipment, and chemicals. Use your new supplies to craft more gases, liquids, and solids.

As your strategy guides you through experiments with water, acids, and salts, you’ll create surprising color changes, encounter fire and smoke, release various gases, and shatter equipment as your achievements earn you an impressive set of trophy-room badges.

Interactive: Stinks, Bangs, & Booms

This award-winning interactive timeline takes you through the evolution of the chemistry set throughout history, from the Young Chemists Pocket Companion in 1797 to modern kits. Along the way you’ll hear stories of chemistry-set enthusiasts, from Science History Institute staff members to Intel cofounder Gordon Moore.