Happy Atoms Educator Set by Thames & Kosmos
Happy Atoms Educator Set by Thames & KosmosHappy Atoms Educator Set by Thames & Kosmos

Happy Atoms Educator Set by Thames & Kosmos


Happy Atoms Educator Set by Thames & Kosmos is a physical and digital system that lets you discover the world of molecules in an intuitive, hands-on way. It is the equivalent of 5 Happy Atoms Complete Sets with 250 atoms (bought individually would cost £850).

Chemistry is the science of materials, their properties, and how they react with each other. All materials are made of atoms. Why do some atoms combine with each other while other atoms do not? Because atoms just want to be happy!

Of course, atoms don’t really have feelings. But they do have observable behaviors. And atoms tend to be more stable, or “happy,” when they have certain numbers of electrons whizzing around their cores. Where do they find extra electrons if they need more to be happy? From other atoms that have too many electrons, of course! When atoms share or exchange electrons to be happy, they stick together. Happy atoms form molecules!

With this revolutionary approach to teaching chemistry, you can make your own happy atoms! This physical and digital system lets you discover the world of molecules in an intuitive, hands-on way.

Using a set of 250 atoms representing 16 different elements, you can assemble your own molecular models. The atoms connect easily with magnets: metal tips on the ends of rubbery arms, which represent free electrons, snap onto magnetic bonding sites on the atom spheres, which represent empty spots for electrons in the atom’s outermost electron shell.

With the Happy Atoms Educator’s Bundle, you can snap together thousands of different molecules. Because the atoms already have the correct number of free electrons and empty bonding sites, it is difficult to build a molecule that doesn’t actually exist. Happy Atoms function like the building blocks of the universe!

The digital component takes this molecular modeling system to the next level. Using the Happy Atoms app and the camera on your tablet or smartphone, you can scan molecules you build. The app then uses state-of-the-art image recognition technology to identify the molecules.

After a molecule is discovered, the app presents information about it, including its composition, usage, properties, hazards, formula, and structure. The app can recognize up to 10,000 molecules. It presents in-depth information about 160 molecules and general information about the rest.

The app is a fun and interactive chemistry curriculum. It takes you on guided quests to discover new molecules and learn about them. You can track your progress with the app, collecting sets of molecules that you have built and explored.

Many people think of chemistry as complicated and hard to grasp. New technology now enables us to take this innovative approach to teaching chemistry, making it more tangible and instinctive than ever before. Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android. See app stores for specific device requirements.\

Download the App:

Device requirements: See app stores for details.
iOS: iPad or iPhone running iOS 10 (or later). Supports iPhone X XS and XR screens
Android: Tablet or smartphone running Android 4.4 (or later) with 1GB RAM minimum dual-core processor built-in camera and chipset support for Open GL 3.0+.

250 atoms, 16 page manual .

Age 10 years – adult.


Further Information

Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education outside of the classroom by publishing high-quality science kits for children of all ages. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through tactile processes. Their vision is to give all children access to real, physical activities and projects that teach them about how things work; parents, grandparents, and teachers are active guides in these investigations. It is their firm belief that children who connect with the world around them grow up to be inquisitive adults, creative thinkers, and engaged citizens with confidence to careers in science, technology, and engineering.

Additional Information


8-12 years, adult, teens


Experimenting & discovering, Fine motor skills, Knowledge building, Visual Skills


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