WACKER’s CHEM2DO® school experiment kit was introduced in 2012. Since then, WACKER has continued to develop the eight experiments on silicones and cyclodextrins together with chemistry education specialists. 2018 saw the introduction of animations about silicone chemistry. These are now being followed by learning resources on the topic of ring-shaped cyclodextrins, which consist of glucose units. Thus, www.chem2do.de offers animations on the chemistry of carbohydrates, which are an important curriculum topic.
The experiment kit follows the principles of “understanding through individual experimentation and guided reflection.” The first step is therefore always the experiment. It’s only when pupils conduct their own experiments that they can feel the fascination of chemistry. They develop the curiosity required to cut through the theory and understand chemical reactions.
The animations help to deepen this understanding. The experiment is first demonstrated with a video. Then at key points throughout the video, the focus switches to particle level: The animation illustrates what is happening in the chemical reaction on a molecular level. As a result, pupils can enhance their knowledge and understand the relationship between an experiment, the reaction it is based on and chemical formulae.