How MEL Chemistry is Leveraging Technology to Make Science Experiments More Interactive

MEL Science wants to change the way you look at subscription boxes. More specifically, how you look at subscription boxes targeted at kids. In a time where children are spending less time conducting experiments in science class due to budget cuts and with over 2 million children being homeschooled, parents and caretakers need to find new ways to spark imagination and curiosity. In addition to simply being enjoyable, one study has shown that students have a much better grasp of their science lectures and projects after participating in experiments and science fairs. While there are already chemistry sets available to help on the market, they haven't changed much in the last 20 or so years, but the MEL Chemistry sets bring in many of the great advancements of modern times to disrupt a niche, but still relevant, industry.

Initial cost with MEL Chemistry is a bit higher than you'll find with most subscription boxes, but it also includes more. With the starter kit you get things that you and your kids will use throughout the multiple experiments that are sent out twice a month. Mainstays like beakers, burners, and safety goggles are included with the starter kit, as well as a stand for a tablet or phone. This is where MEL starts to differentiate themselves from other chemistry sets on the market. It's keeping everything fresh and new by having an app with instructional videos and tutorials that your children can watch while doing the experiments on their own. It also starts with two experiments, so you can get started right away.

There is one additional feature of MEL Chemistry that shows promise and an understanding of where technology is heading. Included with the starter kit are VR goggles (the cardboard kind) that allows kids to dive even further into their experiments. As VR tech continues to improve and offer more immersive and amazing experiences, industries need to address the virtual elephant in the room. We're already starting to see some promising applications, like with IKEA VR, and MEL is ahead of the curve with their VR application, as well. With VR, kids will be able to experience their experiments on an entirely new level - a molecular level, to see why their experiments reacted how they did. It's just another layer of immersion that will hopefully ignite a spark in the children participating.

With fresh perspectives like the app and the VR goggles, MEL Chemistry is set to be a dominating force in the world of chemistry sets. While VR is still on the cusp of really going mainstream, being able to dive further into the experiments with virtual experiences sets MEL apart from the traditional chemistry sets you can find in stores or online and will give your kids a greater understanding of what is happening "behind the scenes" of their experiments.