Kids' Chemical Solutions

Capturing Early Eager Learners with Chemistry Comics

We're Poppi & Ray!

Join us on time-travel adventures to help solve mysteries, save the world, and meet all kinds of cool characters.

Take a deep dive into chemistry with Kids’ Chemical Solutions where early eager learners can bond with a cavalcade of chemical characters! You’ll get to know Granny Eve and her grandkids, Poppi and Ray, as you join them on missions (aka “cases”) and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the mysterious world of molecules!

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The M.C. Detective Agency:
Chemical Solutions Required

The M.C. Detective Agency: Chemical Solutions Required is a series of comic books that teaches chemistry to kids ages 8 – 108. This multi-episodic series envelops a cleverly concealed chemistry curriculum with the stories of twins, Poppi and Ray, who solve mysteries using chemistry. These sibling sleuths have many adventures, including traveling back in time to rescue the Radium Girls, attending a modern day rock concert to save a vanishing Van Gogh, and swimming in a bottle of Chanel No. 5 to find the hiding aldehydes.

The readers eventually discover that M.C. is Marie Curie, hence the names Poppi (Polonium), Ray (Radium) and Granny Eve (Marie’s Curie’s youngest daughter). 

Granny Eve

Bonjour….er, Greetings! Hello and all that stuff. Oh, you look confused. Who am I talking to? Why YOU of course. Yes, you!

You have been selected from thousands of students to be the newest member of the M.C. Detective Agency? How? Well, you were selected because of your brilliance, your tenacity, your grit, and your overall awesomeness.

Who am I?

Well, I’m M.C.! That’s about all you need to know for now. Oh, yes, I also send messages to my BFF, Granny Eve, through this exquisite 1930’s radio.

So pack your bags, bring your brains, and we’ll give you the Periodic Table on the house, totally free! Get started!

Featured on Arizona Illustrated (Oct 2022)

Think chemistry is boring? Think again! A class with Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Arizona instructor, Colleen Kelley, is filled with colorful characters and exciting storylines that translate complex chemistry into comic books Her comics and unique imagination have turned the periodic table into a playground of chemical adventure, and have allowed elementary school students to master concepts often taught at the college level.