MEL Chemistry VR lessons released
MEL Science with its subscription-based science kit for kids boosted by virtual reality application gets great reception from startup community of Silicon Valley. MEL Science wins Audience Award at Silicon Valley Open Doors ‘17 conference.
Two years ago MEL Science set the goal to transform traditional science education by mixing personal experience with up-to-date technologies to ensure a better understanding of the science inside chemical reactions. Today the company’s main product is a monthly subscription box of chemistry experiments. On the 25th of May 2017, the company won an Audience Award at the annual SVOD (Silicon Valley Open Doors) conference and was highly appreciated by the jury.
“Around 50 years ago almost every US family owned a children’s chemistry set. A lot of time has passed since then and things have changed. We’ve rethought the very approach to conducting home chemistry experiments. We believe that we ‘ve managed to create the chemistry set of the 21st century” - says Vassili Philippov, the founder of MEL Science, a former Yandex developer and experienced entrepreneur with four sons of his own.
MEL Science is a UK-based education startup that focuses on VR and science subscriptions. Founded in 2014, it closed US$2.5 million in the series A investment round in October 2016 from Sistema VC.
CASE STUDY - Mindlabs Science Teacher, Jenn Diaz, at Feaster Charter School, boosts engagement with MEL Chemistry
Mindlabs Science Teacher, Jenn Diaz, gets her students engaged and planning their own learning for her science club. Feaster Charter School, CA prides itself of being a 21st century school, it puts student decision making at the forefront of its educational policies to challenge students to think creatively, critically and collaboratively. Feaster aims to produce students who are lifelong learners. Feaster’s Science teacher Jenn Diaz (Slabaugh) subscribed her Chemistry club for grades 4-8 to MEL Chemistry and has seen incredible results with her students.
CASE STUDY - Cristal Steele using MEL Chemistry VR in class
Science teacher, Cristal Steele, explains why she loves MEL Chemistry VR and how it improves focus and comprehension. Cristal has loved science all her life. She started teaching so she could share her passion for science with the next generation. Now she’s setting up a purpose-built virtual reality and augmented reality science lab and maker space at Beach High School. On the request list was MEL Chemistry VR, a science resource that she first tried in 2018 for her previous school. Here, Cristal shares her experience of bringing VR into the classroom and how it improved focus and comprehension.
MEL Science launches the first AR-powered educational subscription for kids
Today, we launch a new product – MEL Kids, a monthly subscription for children 5-10 years of age. The new subscription combines hands-on experiments with AR app to translate difficult science concepts into friendly and comprehensive visuals. The project aims to teach kids to approach and solve real-life problems logically by equipping them with an understanding of the scientific principles behind everyday objects.