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CompoundIt! - The Chemistry Formula Word Game

A project in Minneapolis, MN by Andrew Lyman-Buttler

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CompoundIt! is an educational word game in which the “letters” are chemical elements and the “words” are compounds.
Backers: 117
Average Pledge Per Backer: $38

Funded: $4,390 of $15,000
Dates: Apr 2nd -> May 2nd (30 days)
Project By: Andrew Lyman-Buttler
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Compound of the Day #10 - sodium chloride

April 30th - via:
Sodium chloride, NaCl Common table salt is a union between two elements that, in their pure form, are violently reactive and hazardous. When sodium gives up an electron and chlorine accepts it, though, they form a compound with new properties quite... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #9 - hydrogen peroxide

April 23rd - via:
Hydrogen peroxide, H₂O₂Hydrogen peroxide is water's evil twin. Composed of the same elements, but much less stable, H₂O₂ is a versatile oxidizing agent that will react with just about anything. It's used to bleach clothes, hair, and teeth,... (Read More)

New review from Twin Cities Geek

April 19th - via:
"Recently, I tried out a prototype copy of CompoundIt!. As a teacher myself, I—like Lyman-Buttler—recognized the value the game could hold in the classroom, but while playing it, I also realized that it’s simply a fun game to play in any... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #8 - water

April 16th - via:
Water is so common that we take it for granted. Its liquid presence is the defining feature of our home planet, and it's composed of two of the most common elements in the universe. Here in Minnesota, spring was officially cancelled over the weekend... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #7 - potassium nitrate

April 12th - via:
Plants, like all living things, are complex and require a wide range of nutrients to grow and thrive, but the big three are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK). Grow crops too long in the same place without fertilizer, and they'll drain it of... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #6 - calcium carbonate

April 10th - via:
Calcium carbonate, CaCO₃ Calcium carbonate (limestone) is one of the most common minerals on the earth's surface, so people are often surprised to learn that much of it is created by living organisms. Calcifying sea creatures form their sea shells... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #5 - ammonia

April 7th - via:
Ammonia, NH₃ If you've smelled glass cleaner or not-so-fresh cat litter, you've smelled ammonia. It's a weak base, so in small concentrations, it's great for cleaning, but in high concentrations it's toxic. Ammonia is produced naturally as a... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #4 - carbonic acid

April 6th - via:
Carbonic acid, H₂CO₃ Carbonic acid forms when carbon dioxide dissolves in water according to the following equation: H₂O + CO₂ → H₂CO₃ The equilibrium constant for this reaction is relatively small, which means that in a mixture of... (Read More)

New review from A Pawn's Perspective

April 6th - via: "There’s not much new here in terms of gameplay, but that’s not the point. The point of CompoundIt! is its educational value and effectiveness as a learning tool. It’s also quite fun for science... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #3 - ammonium nitrate

April 5th - via:
Ammonium nitrate, NH₄NO₃ Ammonium nitrate is a problem child in the world of compounds. Much of humanity indirectly depends on it for daily living (it's a common synthetic fertilizer, and some estimates say 1 out of every 2 nitrogen atoms in your... (Read More)

Review by The Mighty Meeple - "A great educational tool - 10/10"

April 3rd - via:
Thanks to Eric at The Mighty Meeple for his preview: "A good learning I played this, I was remembering things that I'd forgotten since high school. It's been over 15 years since I've done anything with compounds and elements because I just... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #2 - sodium azide

April 3rd - via:
Sodium azide, NaN₃ Sodium azide is used to inflate automobile airbags. When activated, it rapidly decomposes into elemental sodium and nitrogen gas. Because gases have lots of empty space between their molecules, a certain quantity of a solid... (Read More)

Compound of the Day #1 - sodium acetate

April 2nd - via:
One of my playtesters at Protospiel MN said that playing the game made him want to learn more about the compounds he was creating. What are they called? What are they used for in the real world? With that in mind, I've decided to include an info... (Read More)

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