Friday, December 18, 2009

how Lizzy made an atom model

Lizzy was allowed to choose the topic for her last school project. It didn't surprise me that she chose a topic - Atoms and Molecules - which involved making a model.

So we set off to the craft store for some polystyrene balls; got hold of some poster paint, craft glue and wire (the wire hoop from the pink net which used to hang above Lizzy's bed proved to be just the thing); looked up ideas on the internet; and got cracking.

Here's how we did it.

Lizzy painted some medium-sized polystyrene balls blue for the protons.

She painted some medium-sized polystyrene balls red for the neutrons.

She painted some small polystyrene balls green for the electrons.

She glued the blue and red polystyrene balls together with strong craft glue to represent a nucleus.

She screwed an eye hook into the top of the "nucleus".

She threaded the "electrons" onto the wire.

She formed the wire into hoops (with help!) and held it with strong tape.

We tied the nucleus and hoops together using fishing line.

Voila! One model of an atom.

And it was a lot easier to make than this!

29 comments:

Lara said...

That's awesome! Hope she got a good mark!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this... Hope you don't mind.. but, my daughter is going to use your ideas for her project... Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this article! I have to do an atom model and I wasn't sure what to make the protons, neutrons and electrons out of, let alone how to colour them. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

how did you make the wire hoop ? what kind of wire you got?

Jean said...

It was a circle of wire we just happened to have lying around - it was actually the hoop from the pink mosquito netting which used to be over Lizzy's bed - so you'll have to figure out something else there, I'm afraid! Just a normal piece of sturdy wire bent into a circle should do it. Jean.

Anonymous said...

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaw this was great!!!thanks lizzy.....

Anonymous said...

FRIGGEN AWESOMES

Anonymous said...

What a good atom project!! I just got an idea for mine!!:D

Trinity said...

Thank you so much this helped me so Much! I have a project due and this helped me so much!!! IM GOING TO GET AN A+ THANKS AND This was very Helpful! Just leting you know I"m going to get and A+ cuz of you thanks and bye
- Trinity

Anonymous said...

Was this a specific type of atom? it looks beautiful!

Jean said...

I think we might have based it on a real atom but I can't remember which one! :) I'll have to ask my science-crazy son.

Cynthia said...

That's so cool! I'm doing the same kind of project so that's how I came across this page. And now I have an idea for mine. Thanks for posting this!

Jami said...

THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! You gave me a great idea for securing the electrons. Thank you again! Jami

Jane said...

I was stuck on how to put the nucleus together, thanks for the help! :)

Anonymous said...

I searched in a million places, and I loved the idea, thanx for posting this!

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for the great idea! The atom you used was Boron.

Jean said...

Thanks for letting us know! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm about to do this project to but all my protons and neutrons have to be visible any tips?

Jean said...

I think they were all visible the way we made it; but I guess you could put a plain ball in the middle and stick all the coloured balls around it - that way they should all be visible. It would depend on how many there were whether you would need to do this or not.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the visibility tip we ended up using pom pom balls for ease but it looks terrible any quick ways to make one like that but with pom pom balls?

Jean said...

Pom pom balls work best threaded onto a narrow wire, but you may have tried that?

Anonymous said...

No, I haven't tried that but I managed to use pipe cleaners. Thanks for all of your advice I'll see what my teacher thinks tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Im teaching yeah 10 about the structure of an atom next week, and my class are going to love this! Thanks!!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! I want to make some atom models for school and this was the best guide that I've found!

Eveverka said...

is this hydrogen

Anonymous said...

My daughter has the same project, thanks for the fishing line idea because we can't get the tension right with cotton thread.

Anonymous said...

It looked like a carbon atom to me

Anonymous said...

Yeah its definitely a carbon atom