347K Downloads: KABOOM!

Working with the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Bluecadet (Philadelphia) developed an engaging chemical reaction game that fosters learning through scientific experimentation. ChemCrafter features retro, custom-illustrated characters and chemical reactions—accented by archival chemistry video clips. Try your hand at Water Experiments along with the character Wally, Acid Experiments with Audrey, or Salt Experiments with Sam. The app’s Chem-o-convertor measures energy released—allowing you to gain “coins” that unlock new experiments, equipment, and chemicals. Create surprising color changes, encounter fire and smoke, release various gases, and even shatter equipment as your achievements earn you an impressive set of trophy-room badges.

Bluecadet spent over a year conceptualizing, designing, and testing ChemCrafter—including review by a panel of three chemists to ensure accuracy. While Bluecadet tailored the app to ages 12-15, it has proven to have widespread appeal. Launched in April, the app has inspired a tremendous worldwide response, with over 347,000 downloads and counting.

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