Fun and educational DVD Molecules to the Max!
January 11, 2016 • Trends •
I was sent this fun DVD over the holidays and with a visiting five and 11-year-old, it came in handy when we wanted them to rest their active bodies and engage their active minds. I must admit, the 11-year-old sighed and said…..”if this is something where I have to learn something I am not interested.” That soon turned to him laughing and becoming totally engaged. The five-year old laughed and was totally loving it.
As seen on PBS and IMAX, Molecules to the MAX! on DVD is the perfect gift for kids who love animated movies, young science enthusiasts -- and parents looking for an educational, entertaining and one-of-a-kind gift for their kids!
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s nonprofit science program for kids - The Molecularium® Project – recently announced the availability of its Giant Screen film Molecules to the MAX! on DVD and Blu-Ray. The landscape of what a "classroom" looks like is rapidly changing and the Molecularium Project's free online classroom and resources continue to help science teachers keep STEM alive, despite budget cuts in schools across the country and the changing dynamics in the classroom.
Molecules to the MAX!, an animated 42-minute Giant Screen film, 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 and to purchase the DVD or Blu-Ray visit: www.moleculestothemax.com. The film was also aired on PBS affiliate WMHT-TV in New York in November.
In the film, children learn about the basic atomic structures of everyday items, such as snowflakes, pennies and chewing gum, as the Molecules to the MAX! characters fly through nanospace. 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, the cycle of water molecules, through clouds, snowflakes and raindrops, and various materials.
“One of my favorite things about Molecules to the MAX! is it’s getting kids excited about science. Science literacy is not a huge focus in the education system in America today and it is one content area where kids of any ability range, at any age, can connect; they put their hands on things, they see things, they move, and it’s the reason why our world is here,” said Lahnna Addington, an 8th grade science teacher at Cameron Elementary in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Addington continues to incorporate the film in her curriculum.
In addition to the film, the DVD and Blu-Ray discs are packed with bonus features, including behind-the-scenes commentary on the making of the movie, five educational animated shorts from NanoSpace, and a glimpse of the award-winning film Riding Snowflakes. The DVD and Blu-Ray discs also include the surround soundtracks in all 5 languages.
This result of the Molecularium Project’s unique collaboration of materials and computer scientists, chemical engineers, artists, actors, animators, filmmakers, musicians and songwriters reflects the creative approach to science education in Molecules to the MAX!. Catering to parents, teachers and homeschoolers, free educator resources for grades K-4 and 5-8 are also available on the website at www.molecularium.com.