Just as we were finishing up our Chemistry Unit on the periodic table, the team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute got in touch with me to see if I would be interested in reviewing and/or hosting a giveaway of their Giant Screen animated film, Molecules to the MAX! This film has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray. I talked with the kids (and we watched the trailer www.moleculestothemax.com) and decided that it would be fun!
So, as a disclaimer they sent us a copy of the DVD film for us to preview and provided the DVDs we will be sending to our very lucky winner!! The opinions expressed in this blog post are our own.
In the film, Oxy, Captain of the Molecularium, is dispatched from the Unified Field of Atoms on an expedition to discover the secret of life on Earth. Along with her crew – Hydra and Hydro, the curious hydrogen twins and Mel, the uptight computer– they have many misadventures exploring the Earth’s atmosphere and the cycle of water molecules, through clouds, snowflakes and raindrops. Lost in the far reaches of outer space, Oxy and her crew are rescued by Carbón and his gang of intergalactic carbon atoms. With lots of bravado and a little luck, Carbón is able to pilot the ship back to Earth.
The kids and I would like to add our thoughts about the film. The film starts off with several atoms setting out on a search for the secret of life. Along the way, they are introduced some very basic elements and learn about some of their properties. The film introduces hydrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon and goes into detail about their properties. The film has really cute, catchy jingles/songs — Carbon makes so many things like graphite in your pencils and diamonds in your rings!! Or the song/saying about the states of matter: gas is fast, solids are slow, liquids flow.
When I asked the kids what they liked about the film, DD said she liked the H2O songs, the one inside the penny… and really liked the atoms’ accents. LD piped in, it made it a lot easier to figure out which was which since they looked different too… like the one with the mustache. They all agreed they thought this added a lot to the film.
This is an animated film, so I asked LD (who is now in 7th grade) if he thought other kids his age would like it. He said that because it’s animated some kids might not take it seriously because it seems like its for little kids. But then once you get into it, you realize how much good information is in there.
I also asked ED (in Grade 2/age 7) how she liked it. She said it was funny, but sometimes she didn’t understand what they were saying. There were some tough words and concepts (like deoxyribonucleic acid and polymers). It is definitely a film that she can grow into. And since it is so catchy and fun, I think she will get the most out of having this DVD to watch again and again.
If I were a teacher who were going to watch this with my students, I think it would be best for grades 4-6. But as a homeschooling family, I think it is really fun and useful for any age. It will capture the attention of even the youngest in your family and it will reinforce some important concepts for even your oldest kids. (It went over such a great range of information. They packed a lot into a 45-minute film.)
The scientists and professors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute behind the Molecularium® Project have released Molecules to the MAX!, a 42-minute animated, Giant Screen adventure film on DVD. The Molecules to the MAX! DVD is the latest release of Rensselaer’s Molecularium® Project, an educational initiative designed to teach children about science in an entertaining environment.
Enter in the Rafflecopter Form below for a chance to win a copy of the DVD! (They actually sent me this film on DVD and Blu-Ray, so I will be selecting two people.) These DVDs are NTSC films so will not work with PAL systems. For that reason, this Giveaway is only available to individuals in the U.S.A or Canada, 18+.
NOTE: This Giveaway ended Friday, December 18th, 2015. (at 12:01am) Congratulation to our winners, Donna and Sunnie!
The winners will be chosen on Saturday, December 19th. They will be contacted via email.
Each winner will have 48 hours to claim prize, after being notified via the email they used to enter the contest. After 48 hours, if there is no response, another winner will be chosen.
I will mail the DVD/BluRay prize to winner(s) within 14 days.
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The film, Molecules to the MAX, is showing around the globe on select IMAX screens and is available in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese. For a sneak peak at the trailer you can visit: www.moleculestothemax.com.
You will also find an amazing, FREE 55-page resource guide at Molecularium.com:
- Chemistry Unit: The Periodic Table
- Chemistry Unit: Bohr Diagrams
- Hands-On Activities for Learning about the States of Matter
- Chemistry Experiments for Kids (Grade 2) – Matter is Neither Created Nor Destroyed — Acids and Bases Grab this free packet of chemistry experiments!
- Chemistry Experiments for Kids (Grade 2) – Mixtures, Chromatography, DNA Kit
- Oil and Water Activity
- Explosion of Colors in Milk Experiment and Other Chemistry Fun!
- Chemistry Unit: The Size of Atoms
- States of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas — Learning Activities
- Chemistry: Molecule Movement Experiment and Chemistry Review Worksheet These notebook pages are free.
- Science Experiments: Water Molecule Attraction
- Building Molecules Chemistry Activity This also has some free notebook pages about building molecules:
You might also be interested in our Homeschool Science Unit Checklist for Elementary and Middle School. These are the science units we hope to cover K to 8.
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Disclaimer: We were provided with a DVD of film, Molecules to the Max, to preview. We were also provided with the DVDs that we will be sending to our very lucky winners!! The opinions expressed in this post are our own.
That’s about it for today! See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page. ~Liesl