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ChemPal: Adventures in the Periodic Table

ChemPal: Adventures in the Periodic Table

A Small Step into the Big World of Chemistry: Our Journey with ChemPal

Published Mar 11, 2024
Last Modified Mar 12, 2024
Hello, AWS Community! I'm here to share a little story about a project that's very close to my heart—ChemPal: Adventures in the Periodic Table. This was our entry for the PartyRock hackathon, and it's been quite the adventure.

From Curiosity to Creation

It all started with my son's boundless curiosity about the world around him. At 10 years old, he's at that wonderful age where everything is fascinating, especially science. One day, we were talking about what makes fireworks colorful, leading us to the periodic table, and his interest was piqued. That conversation was the seed that grew into ChemPal.
With the PartyRock hackathon coming up, we thought, "Why not?" What better way to nurture his interest and maybe help other kids too? So, we set out to build a simple app—an interactive guide to the periodic table, designed with kids in mind.

Building ChemPal

I won't lie; the journey was a mix of excitement and challenge. My prompt engineering skills were a bit rusty, and making science fun and accessible isn't as easy as it sounds. But with my son as the chief tester and critic, we kept improving it, step by step. His insights were invaluable, reminding me that sometimes, the best way to learn is to see the world through a child's eyes.
We wanted ChemPal to be more than just an educational tool. It had to be a companion on a journey of discovery, offering stories, experiments, and facts about the elements in a way that would captivate young minds.

What We Learned

This project taught us a lot—not just about chemistry or prompting, but about patience, iteration, and the joy of learning together. It showed me that technology can be a powerful tool in sparking curiosity and imagination in young minds.

Try it out

Looking Forward

ChemPal is just the beginning. We hope to continue refining and expanding it, adding more elements, experiments, and stories. But more than that, we hope it inspires kids to explore, ask questions, and fall in love with science.
Thank you, AWS Community, for this opportunity to share our project and our story. If you're curious, we invite you to try ChemPal and join us on this journey of discovery.