React! - The Organic Chemistry Game
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Organic chemistry is a leading reason students avoid STEM careers – from medicine to bioengineering to genetics. In fact, at UC Berkeley, organic chemistry has twice the fail rate compared to other courses. This problem especially impacts underrepresented minority and low-income students who may not be able to afford textbooks or tutors. It is no wonder underrepresented minority students are 25% more likely to fail chemistry at UC Berkeley. Many students have difficulty memorizing confusing molecules and organic chemistry reactions.
As UC Berkeley chemistry tutors, we have helped many confused students by approaching chemistry problem-solving as a game. Since then, we’ve seen hundreds of students gain confidence as they solve organic chemistry problems. That is why we created React!™.
React!™ is a revolutionary multiplayer game that can help anyone learn college-level organic chemistry. It is made for students, by students.
Players buy and trade chemicals, discover and perform reactions, and create special molecules. React!™ makes learning organic chemistry fun by turning it into a challenging, yet rewarding puzzle instead of having to memorize confusing facts. The game helps level the academic playing field and empowers students to think critically about organic chemistry by making it hands-on, easy-to-understand and entertaining.
Our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to all students. Your gift will make a tangible difference for hundreds of local students. Like every reaction, there is a barrier to get started. Ours is manufacturing costs. Our goal is to donate 200 React!™ games to universities and high schools across California. With your help, we can get these games out to students at large. Your contribution will enable us to make high-quality education accessible, affordable, and fun!
Please make your tax-deductible donation here. Thank you for supporting our mission!
Out of 320 international submissions, business leaders chose React!™ as one of three winners for Improving Student Life in the Big Ideas 2017 startup competition, UC Berkeley’s global entrepreneurship contest. Our marketing video was voted first place in the Big Ideas 2017 People’s Choice Video Contest. React!™ has also had national media attention, including Chemical & Engineering News, local Bay Area ABC7 News, and American Chemical Society magazines.
In our successful Kickstarter campaign, we sold nearly 400 games in over 20 countries and 30 states.
We receive hundreds of emails from high school and university students all over the world eager to learn more about React!™. The response is overwhelming. Our Facebook and Instagram pages have hundreds of subscribers and continue to grow. A UC Davis student even said that “playing React!™ was the first time [she] felt excited about organic chemistry!”
Our game is also endorsed by UC Berkeley Chemistry professors and faculty: Director of Undergraduate Chemistry, Dr. Anne Baranger; and Organic Chemistry professors, Drs. Pete Marsden and MaryAnn Robak.
Budget Breakdown: $10,200 goal
React!™ Games to Donate: $9,000
- 200 React!™ games assembled, manufactured and shipped to California schools ($45 per game)
Print and online advertisements in education journals, video production, professional website and social media maintenance, hiring consultants to gather data about React!™'s educational impact
- React!™ trademark, copyright, and LLC forms
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