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Easyshapes – The Organic Chemistry Stencil that gets you much better grades

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The most effective and accurate drawing tool for creating a vast variety of molecular structures.

The Easyshapes Chemistry Stencil is a drawing tool that was designed to help students acquire the intricate and precise skills required for the drawing of common molecular structures in organic chemistry. With the chemistry stencil, you can draw quickly and neatly a vast variety of molecular shapes. It is compact, transparent, super slim and has a high durability so that you can use it again and again.

Introduction to Chemistry and Organic Chemistry are mandatory undergraduate courses taught in academic institutions throughout the world. These courses are required for chemistry students as well as for students studying other disciplines such as biology, medicine, engineering, pharmacy & more.

A major requirement in these courses is the knowledge of molecular structures and the ability to draw them for internalizing the studying material. The Chemistry Stencil is a drawing tool that was designed to help students acquire the intricate and precise skills required for the drawing of common molecular structures in  organic chemistry. Some of us students have drawing difficulties which makes studying a challenging and sometimes frustrating experience.

Using the stencil can help overcome these challenges, save time in class and help understanding the chemistry reactions much better. Although there are some drawing softwares you can purchase or download through the internet, most of them are not simple, easy and quick to use even when you’re not in class. the stencil allows you to draw in your notebook and write notes next to your drawing while in most of the softwares it is hard to do.

“I excitingly support this project! the stencil can answer the basic and important need of drawing correctly the common molecular structures. It can be very helpful for students in various chemistry classes” says  prof. Assaf Friedler, head of the chemistry department in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Special Features of Stencil

The stencil was designed and optimized to be user friendly and at the same time answer all main chemistry drawing requirements:

  • QUICK & SIMPLE: The use of the stencil is very simple and quick, you would keep up with the Professor with no pressure while producing precise drawings.
  • WIDE RANGE: The stencil provides you with the ability to draft a wide range of molecular structures from Cyclopropane all the way to Chair and Boat Conformations.
  • SUPER SLIM: The stencil has great physical characteristics, it is Compact, transparent, slim and it is Made of Polycarbonate for optimal durability (4.3 X 6.7 inches).
  • SAVES TIME: The most effective and accurate drawing tool for creating a vast variety of molecular structures, the easy way.

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Eyal Tzur is a young entrepreneur and inventor trying to combine new technology ideas and social needs. He was a counselor for 2 years in a young leadership program, 18 years old students, in “Ein Prat – The Academy For Leadership” in Israel. He has a B.A in Biology and Philosophy from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem, Israel, and currently a med student (3rd year) to become a physician in the same university.

Eyal says “As a science student with writing and drawing difficulties I faced multiple challenges while taking chemistry courses, which often require precise drawing of molecular structures.

My colleagues who shared the same difficulty and I were behind on course deliverables because of the time and effort we spent trying to draw the examples that our teacher sketched on the board or presented on slides. It was hard to keep up and it took me hours to understand at home what I tried to draw earlier in my notebook. After searching for a solution, I had developed the chemistry drawing stencil for simple, easy & accurate drawing. This tool saves time in class and assists with internalizing the studying material.”

The Vision of Eyal Tzur

From notebook to PC  Though technology is rapidly progressing, hand drawing skills are still required in a variety of courses in school, college and university. The next stage of drawing templates is developing a technology platform for portable devices which would allow accurate hand drawing on the device screen. This platform can reduce the use of paper, help organize and saving studying material on a computer instead of a notebook and enhance students learning experience.

Disciplinary drawing templates  While developing the chemistry stencil, students from different disciplines asked for the same solution, a drawing stencil that will incorporate the relevant shapes for their studies. (for instance engineering, architecture, etc.) we would like to create a platform that would allow course teachers, research assistants and students to build their own stencil.

Eyal has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $20,000.

In the creator’s own words: The stencil is already out in the market and can be found on the web. While it has travelled across continents to reach early adopters, it hasn’t nearly realized its potential in terms of impact on Chemistry education. I would like to kindly ask for your help to overcome the following challenges:

  1.  Scale up manufacturing – I had manufactured only a small amount of stencils due to the funding I had managed to raise so far. Additional funding will ensure that I don’t run out of supply.
  2. Reach more students – Informing students around the world about the stencil and reaching chemistry departments in different universities and colleges requires a go-to-market strategy as well as an upfront investment.
  3. Eyes to the future – In order to achieve our goals and fulfill our vision of developing disciplinary drawing templates and a technology platform for portable devices which would allow accurate hand drawing on the device screen more funding need to be raised.

You’ve read this far. You’re ready to support. THANK YOU! But everyone loves perks. Take a look at what they’ve got to offer!

Perks

Pledge $10- Get your own stencil! Be the first in your class to draw with your Organic Chemistry stencil!

Pledge $16- Be a friend! Buy 1 get 2. Purchase one Organic Chemistry stencil and get another one for your friend!

Pledge $42- Learning group package. 6 Organic chemistry stencil’s for studying together!

Thank you so much for any help you’re able to give. And please forward this campaign to anyone you think may be interested and willing to help.

Any amount would count and it would be much appreciated if you are not able to give then to SHARE SHARE SHARE! Thank you all and much love!
 
For more information, please visit Easyshapes’s Indiegogo page:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/easyshapes-organic-chemistry-drawing-stencil#/




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