“Good Chemistry” Explains Chemical Bonds with Cutout Animation and Teenage Romance

Love, or the promise of it, sells clothes, cologne and many a compact disc—but who’d think love could sell chemistry? Sixteen-year-old Eli Cirino did, and was he ever right. The tenth grader submitted an extra credit video for his chemistry class and what he got was probably way more than he bargained for. Good Chemistry explains chemical bonds using construction paper animation of positive and negative ions and covalent bonds set against an original song sung by Cirino. It’s all edited together with images of a cute couple reaching out and clasping hands. A sample of Cirino’s lyrics: “We always on the lookout for a partnership, positive and negative you get the drift.” It’s catchy and sweet, to the tune of more than 290,000 views on YouTube by the end of the day Wednesday. Extra credit for Cirino for bringing the video in at pi-time: three minutes, fourteen seconds.

Kate Rix is an Oakland-based freelancer. Find more of her work at katerixwriter.com.

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