A Larger Than Life Atom

  • 40 Minutes
  • Beginner
Let's dive into the microscopic world of atoms with this fun and educational tutorial. Let's explore some of the smallest things in the universe as we craft this larger-than-life atom.
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1 Assemble your materials!

Gather together your pen, plastic, DoodlePad, and the atom stencil.

2 Create the Neutrons

Use the stencil to doodle all of the required parts for the neutrons. Once you've doodled the 21 pieces, it's time to assemble them into 3 complete neutrons. Use the closed circle piece as your base and evenly attach six semi-circles around it until you have a 3D sphere. You'll want to put 3 on one side of the circle, and three on the other. Once you've formed a sphere, wrap fresh plastic around and around until you've created a solid ball. Repeat this two more times until you have 3 spheres aka "neutrons" and no more pieces left.

3 Create the Protons

Here you are going to repeat the same process you did with neutrons in Step 2, but this time you'll be building three protons. That means go back to your stencil, doodle all of the pieces, and then start assembling. Each sphere will require one circle as the base, and four semi-circles.

4 Create the Electrons

To make the electrons, Doodle the three ellipses as labeled on the stencil. Once you have all three of them created, use fresh plastic to connect them together and evenly position them to create a sphere.

5 Attach the Protons and Neutrons

Attach the three neutrons and three protons together forming the center of your atom.

6 Assemble the Atom

Using more fresh plastic, attach the clump of protons and neutrons to the base of the ellipse you created in step 4. And now your atom is complete!

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