Animoles are plush, kid-friendly molecules in shapes reminiscent of balloon animals. The first prototype Animole is a puppy propane molecule in bright, attractive colors. During Maker Faire, kids can make and design their own "mini-Animoles"!
Rachel Sargent Mirus is a local teaching artist who specializes in the intersection of art and science. Originally trained in Biology, she has contributed to both lab and field research, moved on to informal education at science museums, and now freelances as a science writer and teaching artist. She joined the Animoles project to help spread the word about this fun concept for science play!
Dr. Ambroggio founded the Rosetta Design Group (RDG) in 2007 and serves as the General Manager. RDG is an elite CRO providing macromolecular modeling, bioinformatics, and consulting services for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, academic, military, government, and non-profit sectors. In conjunction with the Rosetta Commons, RDG hosts RosettaCON, a premier macromolecular modeling conference. For Dr. Ambroggio, Animoles first came to life when his two little girls found his chemistry modeling set and made “little doggies”, aka propane. Xavier immediately realized chemical formals that look like animal shapes could be a great way to promote familiarity with chemistry to young kids. He enlisted the help of Industrial Designer Michelle Gailhac to prototype the first Animoles: propane puppies.