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Andrew Goodin, a chemistry teacher at Soldan International Studies HS in St. Louis, MO, whipped up this chemistry themed chess board on the fly:

It is a picture of our chemistry themed chess board. We designed it after school today when we realized that many students in our technology club knew how to play chess, but no board was available and game websites were blocked.

They used flasks for pawns, rooks are the tops of pipettes, knights are crucibles, queens are beakers, bishops are 10ml volumetric flasks, and kings are graduated cylinders. Love it!

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

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  • Anonymous

    upon taking a piece resist the motivation to drink its contents (“hm..[smack smack].. perhaps thymolsulphonephthalein …before the rains”)

  • Anonymous

    upon taking a piece resist the motivation to drink its contents (“hm..[smack smack].. perhaps thymolsulphonephthalein …before the rains”)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VI7UVVULXBYFCQO3ITSKDVAYJQ Adam Eyring

    Very clever – I would put the liquids in sealed containers to prevent spills. If you get some cool glassware like custom flasks and seal liquids in them, it will look sweet and you won’t have to refill containers! Also, shouldn’t the title read “Chess pieces made from chemistry glassware”? How about drawing the board right on top of the bench? :-)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VI7UVVULXBYFCQO3ITSKDVAYJQ Adam Eyring

    Very clever – I would put the liquids in sealed containers to prevent spills. If you get some cool glassware like custom flasks and seal liquids in them, it will look sweet and you won’t have to refill containers! Also, shouldn’t the title read “Chess pieces made from chemistry glassware”? How about drawing the board right on top of the bench? :-)

  • Anonymous

    The state of US science… still no fusion reactors in our basements or flying cars in our driveways. (Or fusion reactors in our flying cars, for that matter)

  • Anonymous

    The state of US science… still no fusion reactors in our basements or flying cars in our driveways. (Or fusion reactors in our flying cars, for that matter)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Albert-Sweeney/1077583794 Peter Albert Sweeney

    I have two sets of pieces and I am looking for boards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Albert-Sweeney/1077583794 Peter Albert Sweeney

    I am looking for chess boards.I have pieces for two sets.

  • http://www.regencychess.co.uk/ Julian Deverell

    This gives me an idea. If you could somehow have glass chessmen in the shape of standard Staunton chess pieces that were hollow and filled with different colour liquid it would be an amazing set. You could even fill one with black fluid and another with a white fluid. It would look awesome.

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