Science & Nature

Physics of Everyday Life: Awesome Atoms

Explore the mysteries of matter as we ask the question: "What are atoms?" and uncover secrets of the elements through hands-on experiments
Ian Nelson
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Class

50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks

10-13

year olds

2-8

learners per class

per learner - per class

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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

Over the course of four weeks, students will expand their skills in:
-- Discussing atomic structure
-- Understanding material behavior
-- Exploring the history and nature of science
-- Asking scientific questions
-- Conducting scientific experiments requiring accurate measurements
I am a mechanical engineer and engineering educator who loves thinking about how the world works. I'm constantly looking at how human curiosity leads to practical applications, and I look forward to exploring questions with your learners!
All learners are encouraged to participate in our class discussion about what kinds of questions they would like to explore in our 4 weeks together. Additionally, there will be a kitchen-friendly hands-on experiment activity each week where students can extend their learning. These activities will come from a growing repository of class experiments and will be posted in the classroom no later than 24 hours after our class meeting. 

Some experiments like "Inside the Atom" benefit from an adult setting up the inquiry to preserve a sense of scientific mystery. These files will be labeled with "ADULTS Read First" in the title. Adults should discuss kitchen safety with their learners in order to ensure a safe environment for experiments. To complete the hands-on experiments, students should have access to a digital kitchen scale that can measure in grams, measuring spoons, an eye dropper or medication syringe, a thermometer that can measure temperatures in air and liquids, and a set of at least 5 identical opaque canisters (such as film canisters).
To complete the hands-on experiments, students should have access to a digital kitchen scale that can measure in grams, measuring spoons, an eye dropper or medication syringe, a thermometer that can measure temperatures in air and liquids, and a set of at least 5 identical opaque canisters (such as film canisters). Experiments will vary depending on the questions raised in class and will always use kitchen-safe materials. Expected materials include supplies such as "constant mass candies" such as Skittles and M&Ms, salt, ice, effervescent tablets, epsom salts, dish shop, vinegar, and eggs.

There will be a kitchen-friendly hands-on experiment activity each week where students can extend their learning. These activities will come from a growing repository of class experiments and will be posted in the classroom no later than 24 hours after our class meeting. Some experiments like "Inside the Atom" benefit from an adult setting up the inquiry to preserve a sense of scientific mystery. These files will be labeled with "ADULTS Read First" in the title. Adults should discuss kitchen safety with their learners in order to ensure a safe environment for experiments.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.

Teacher

Ian Nelson
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Engineer Extraordinaire and Facilitator of Ian Genuity's Engineering Adventures
2455 total reviews
2228 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm an engineer committed to giving students amazing experiences in math, science, and engineering. I believe that learning happens when kids ask questions and explore their interests. I look forward to helping your kids leverage their... 
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