Mobile application MEL Science

MEL Science creates chemical experiment kits, and we have developed an app for them, which helps kids do DIY-experiments.

The app introduces kids to chemistry, gives hints on experiments and helps them solve practical problems. MEL Science’s target group is kids in the US and Europe.

208
hours conceptualizing and prototyping
312
hours designing the first version
30
kids tested the application

The MEL Science app already existed when they came to us. They wanted to improve UX and add a few features.

To work with MEL Science was easy — we communicated directly with the Business Owner, and he turned out to be an iOS-developer as well 😉 Needless to say, we used scrum.

Grigory
Scrum-master
In this project we did:
Analytics
Prototypes
Design
Development
Testing
Support

Testing the app

When the kit assistant was ready and after we had implemented the feature to display 3D animated chemical elements, we went “into the field”.

We gave the kits and mobile phones with the open app to kids of one of the Saint Petersburg schools and set a task to make experiments. Every kid made 3 experiments and looked at molecules and atoms of elements in 3D.

Based on the results of the focus groups, we fixed the location of buttons and functional blocks.

Educational video

  • step-by-step guide
  • safety instructions
  • useful facts
  • explanation of the scientific part of experiments

Illustrations

Kids are the main users of our application. For this reason, we prepared a series of thematic illustrations and icons and emphasized funny and interesting pictures.

Virtual microscope

The app allows a smartphone to transform into a virtual microscope and look at molecules and atoms in 3D. Animations also visualize schoolbook formulas.

VR

The application supports VR for 80 experiments. VR helps to dive into the experiment down to the molecular level, and comprehend the rules of the micro world.
| While working on the projects I felt like a chemist. | To make the interface intelligible, we made chemical | experiments ourselves. And only after that we began to design | the logic of the app.
Alexandra
Designer

The results and the application evolution

Together with MEL Science we made the MVP in 6 months in order to bring the app to the market as fast as possible, and continue to work on new features. In the second version of the application, experiments will turn into games, and work done with the application will be personalized.
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