"Us primary kidz are much brighter than grown ups think! We hear about atoms all the time on the Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons, so why have they decided to keep atoms a secret in primary school? Duhhh!
The everyday world is connected to a wonderfully invisible microscopic world of astonishingly small atoms. For example, to actually see the atoms that make up an apple, the apple would have to be as big as the Earth! Children often explore the large scale world that we can see, touch and feel but very rarely can they delve into the microscopic world and ask ‘what is water made of’ ‘what makes up this apple that I eat’?
Atomic Theory is seen by many as science’s biggest idea and is the key concept that unlocks the rest of the sciences. It is based around the notion that all matter is made up of tiny indivisible particles which everyone, including early primary school students, can understand. If learnt early, this understanding can give your child a head start in their science education. In this hands-on workshop, children will discover atoms and molecules- the tiny building blocks of everything around us.
They will explore and physically feel the difference between different elements including hydrogen, helium, carbon, magnesium, silver and gold, interpret the Periodic Table (which is a kind of alphabet of the universe), work with Atomic Numbers, apply bonding theory, construct models of molecules, and devise their own chemical formulas.
These concepts and theories, usually reserved for high school students, are shared with younger minds to inspire them to learn more about science and understand the world around them. Australian scientists have made discoveries that have changed the world, so it is time to inspire our next generation of scientists.