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Molecular building kit
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Turn your kitchen into a molecular factory

Build your own molecule making kit

This is a great little project and you can make some really cool molecules if you just have a few minutes and a handful of bits and pieces. The molecules shown here are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and water (H20). These are amongst the most important molecules for life. More about those in a minute, first letís talk about atoms for a moment.
. . . Atoms are the building blocks of all matter and when they are found on their own, they are called elements. An atom is made up of a positively charged nucleus (itself made of protons) surrounded by negatively charged particles called electrons. Atoms are tiny being only about 0.00000001mm (10-10m) in diameter. The simplest (and lightest) atom is Hydrogen. The hydrogen atom is one proton and one electron. More than 90% of the atoms in the universe are hydrogen. Atoms join together to make compounds or molecules and the things we recognise around us in everyday life.
. . . Carbon dioxide is made up of one carbon atom joined to two oxygen atoms. Plants respire using carbon dioxide, using it in the presence of sunlight to make energy (photosynthesis) and the by-product oxygen, which is useful for us and all the other animals on earth who need oxygen to live.
. . . Methane is a smelly gas, it is made up of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms. It is the simplest hydrocarbon and is produced by the anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition of organic matter. When scientists look for signs of life on other planets, methane is one of the things they look for.
. . . Water is the most common molecular compound on Earth. It is fundamental to life. Freezing at 0įC and boiling at 100įC it covers almost 70% of the surface of the Earth. It is natureís most powerful solvent, dissolving most things to some degree. Itís strange to think of that clear liquid being made up of two highly reactive, invisible gases, but thatís what it is, because the water molecule is made up of one oxygen atom joined two hydrogen atoms.

Build your own molecule making kit, polythene molecule

This molecule is polythene. Polymers (the technical name for plastics) are made up of some of the biggest molecules. Polymer molecules are thousands or millions of atoms long. The long chains of atoms that make up a polymer, tangle together and give plastics their useful properties of toughness and strength. Plastic grocery bags (carrier bags) are made of polythene, which is one of the simplest polymers with just chains carbon atoms attached to hydrogen atoms. The atomic bonds in polymers are generally very strong which means that plastics don't breakdown easily in the environment.
. . . To build your molecular models you will need some roll on deodorant balls. Now either you can collect them up (but that might take ages) or you can buy the cheapest deodorant and just take the balls out. Save the deodorant in another bottle to use as a future refill if you want. You donít need many balls because you can reuse them in loads of different arrangements or molecules. If you want to make permanent molecules, you could use table tennis balls and glue them to the connecting sticks, but they are not quite as good, because they have such thin walls and are hard to pierce neatly.
. . . Building molecules is a really neat experimental project because it has all the fun of making something and yet it is really proper science. Talk to your kids about the experiment. I donít believe in dumbing down things for children too much. They are learning machines and hungry for any interesting bits of information. As long as you use words that they understand, youíll find that kids of any age readily grasp new concepts. Discuss the nature of molecules and matter with your kids as you are building them. But make sure you listen to what they are saying, when they are relaxed and having fun the things they talk about are a good window on how they are thinking and feeling.
. . . Keep any discussion about the experiment brief and to the point in hand so that they donít lose interest. Below you'll find an experimental discussion outline. This is just a few key interesting facts about the experiment, designed to help you fire up your children's interest, and help you explain simply what's going on in the experiment if they ask.

Who is credited with coming up with the stick and ball molecular model?
Niels Bohr, a Danish scientist (1885 Ė 1962).

How big is an atom?
Very small, about one ten millionth of a millimetre in diameter.

What is an element?
An element is the most basic type of matter which is composed of only one type of atom. Hydrogen (H), oxygen (O), carbon (C) and iron (Fe) are elements for example.

What is a molecule?
A molecule is a compound made up when two or more atoms join together. Water (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and common salt (Sodium Chloride, NaCl) are typical compounds.

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Life is an experiment
Do you remember when you were a kid and you mixed things up to see what would happen? When you're a kid, inquiring is what you do. In the words of Uncle Buckís nephew, "itís my job". Kids really love to experiment and are always on the look out for new information, itís how they learn so much about the world around them.

As their dad, you are the perfect person to dust off the kid in you and get down to some serious fun experimentation

Kitchen Chemistry, Crystalography, Electricity, Chromatography and truly mind bending adventures in Topology are just a few of the experiments youíll find here. Most of them have a special printer downloadable booklet that will allow you to record and keep your results.

Most of the experiments here will be covered by your children's school at one time or another, so why not give them a head start in class and get them excited about learning. But in any case doing kitchen top experiments together with your children, following easy to use plans, is incredibly rewarding for dad and kid alike.

Some of the experiments (like the Mobius Strip Experiment) will only take a few minutes, but theyíre be no less amazing and thought provoking. Others will take up the whole afternoon. And you donít have to be a chemist to do any of these experiments either. All the experiments are fully described and illustrated with easy to follow step by step instructions, and most have a few questions and answers to help you stimulate discussion. Kids love learning if theyíre interested in something, so set their imagination on fire with a science experiment; I guarantee that they will remember it until they're doing it with kids of their own.

The world is an interesting place, and you are one of the best people to show your children just how interesting it is

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