Education through entertainment - Edutainment

Adventures of the Elements, targeted for ages eight through high school, combines fantasy and adventure to teach science, redefining edutainment.  This is a character driven story where children learn all entities can perform good or evil depending on the choices they make.  Facing the influences of power, avarice, and corruption, the children persevere and earn the respect of the element world.

The Adventures of the Elements, AoE, concept is derived from a series of children’s novels wherein five siblings discover sunglasses through which they can see the elements from the Periodic Table.  These elements are personified into super-hero like characters with powers based upon their physical and chemical properties.  The children embark on a series of adventures both through history and contemporary time to save the world from evil forces, molecules, and atoms.  Substantial scientific learning has been shown to result from experiencing the books and the related trading card game.  

The bonus value of this product is its ability to relay information about the chemical elements and science through a riveting, epic tale.  For instance, the first names of the elements begin with their chemical symbols found on the periodic table such as in Ollie Oxygen, Xerxes Xenon, Arla Argon, and Casper Calcium.  In essence, the captivating animation gives science a personality through a gripping, spine-tingling adventure. 


“I was introduced to AoE last year and I loved the concept of the books and the card game. At CAST in Houston, I purchased all 3 books and 2 sets of the cards. Last year, my principal ordered a book for every 7th grader and some extras so I could have a class set. I was given a copy of the curriculum on CD and used it in my classroom. We read the book, did some fun activities and had an enjoyable time supplementing our chemistry unit with the books.”

-James Scott, 7th grade Science teacher, Martin Middle School

“The Adventures of the Elements is a book series and card game that reaches into the heart of how children learn science.  That is one reason why we purchased the first two books for every sixth grader in Calcasieu Parish.”

-Brian Fontenot, Board Science Supervisor and Physical Education Supervisor Calcasieu Parish School

“Our students at Beaumont ISD are completely engrossed in playing and competing against one another with the Adventures of the Elements cards.  It is so exciting to hear students discussing, using, and truly understanding those chemistry concepts.”

-Patsy Magee, Beaumont School District Project Director

“Students are learning while having fun.  This is exactly what learning is all about”

-Jo Beth Burnett, 5th grade Science teacher, Groves Elementary

“AoE is great.  In the Educational/Entertainment arena.  In an arena where most offerings are neither educational nor entertainment.  AoE stands apart.” 

-Jim Miller, Former President Warner Bros. Entertainment

“I appreciate (Richard James) efforts to develop material to interest students in science and math.”

-Laura Bush, First Lady of the United states

Adventures of the Elements encourages students to use their imagination as they learn important fundamentals in math and science.  ExxonMobil has been an important sponsor of this program by making an extremely generous donation and committing staff to the project.  It is vital that corporations reinvest into the community, and ExxonMobil has set a fine example in Southeast Texas while proving that private corporations can successfully supplement local, state, and federal efforts to provide a great education to America’s greatest resource, our youth.”

-Ted Poe, U.S. Congressman from Texas

AoE Movie 
The movie/ television series and shorts are in development.