The first session of "Can Do Chemistry!" was a success! We began by focusing our attention on "little things" that when put together make "big things." We put "little" puzzle pieces together to complete a "big" picture. We put "little" beads together to make a "big" necklace. And we looked at pictures of things like a doll, a bicycle, a fruit salad and a vegetable salad and identified the "little" things that went together to make them. This all helped to introduce the fact that in Chemistry, "little" things called elements go together to make everyday things all around us. From there, we looked at a Pictorial Periodic Table of Elements and an "Element Collection." And finally, we made atomic models of things using marshmallows and toothpicks and one of the classes had time to play with a element called aluminum.
It was a simple introduction to a complex subject. More fun to come is planned in the lessons ahead! Pictures of our first class are below. Enjoy!