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Montclare's team developed the app, called Lewis Dots, as part of a program that put dozens of iPads in the hands of 10th grade girls at Brooklyn's Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (UAI), where Montclare is a mentor.
Available as a free iPad download from iTunes, Lewis Dots takes the pencil-and-paper template a step further: Students can drag periodic elements and electrons about the iPad touch screen to make and break bonds and assemble molecules.
Two NYU-Poly undergraduates, Maurica Lewis and Jinhui Zhao, helped develop the teaching interface and actually implemented the use of the Lewis Dots app in the tenth grade classroom.
One benefit of the Lewis Dots app is that it doesn't limit the size of the molecule a user can create the way, say, a piece of paper does.
Word is getting out about Lewis Dots as Montclare submitted a paper on the app to the Journal of Chemical Education.