It's Atomic

Holiday workshops

New Extension 2 workshop!

Australian scientists have made discoveries that have changed the world - now it's time to inspire our next generation!

It’s Atomic Introduction
In this hands-on workshop, children will explore the invisible microscopic world of astonishingly small atoms. They will physically feel the difference between different elements including gold, silver and hydrogen. They will interpret the Periodic Table (a kind of 'alphabet of the universe'), work with Atomic Numbers, construct models of molecules, apply bonding theory and devise their own chemical formulas.

It’s Atomic Extension 1
In this hands-on workshop, children will discover that atoms are made of even smaller particles called protons, electrons and neutrons and some of these particles carry an electric charge. They will discover that there's electricity inside matter, and use models to build atoms from sub-atomic particles.  The Periodic Table will also make more sense, and they will be able to understand why different kinds of atoms have different properties.
Please note: Children need to have attended the It's Atomic Introduction workshop in 2014 or January 2015, before attending the Extension 1 workshop.

It’s Atomic Extension 2
What makes atoms bond together? The electrons inside atoms are responsible for bonding them together to make all the different substances in our world.  If different atoms share their electrons, then they make covalent substances; if they transfer their electrons, they make ionic substances.  Why does this matter?  Covalent and ionic substances have wildly different properties, such as the air that we breathe compared to the salt in the sea.  In this hands-on workshop, children will explore how electrons are responsible for these differences.
Please note: Children need to have attended the It's Atomic Extension 1 workshop in 2014 or January 2015, before attending the Extension 2 workshop.

Everyone can learn Atomic Theory. When shared with children, they can have fun while developing an understanding of the world around them and getting a head start in their science education. 

 

Dates

Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16 January
Duration: 1.5hrs 

It’s Atomic Introduction 
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 January
10:30am – 12pm – Ages 6 – 8 years
1pm – 2:30pm – Ages 9-12 years

It’s Atomic Extension 1 
(for children who have participated in an Introduction workshop)
Thursday 15 January
10:30am– 12pm – Ages 6 – 8 years
1pm – 2:30pm – Ages 9-12 years

It’s Atomic Extension 2 
(for children who have participated in an Extension 1 workshop)
Friday 16 January
10:30am– 12pm – Ages 6 – 8 years
1pm – 2:30pm – Ages 9-12 years

 

Tickets

Child $9, MyMuseum Child members $7. Accompanying adults are free of charge.
BOOK NOW online or phone QTIX on 136 246.
It is requested that adults attend with their children, to play and learn together.
 

Facilitator

Ian Stuart is a retired science teacher who has adapted the teaching of Atomic Theory to children. Ian presented sold out workshops at Queensland Museum in 2014, has been featured on the ABC's 7.30 Report and presented at the University of Melbourne's Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

Dates
13 January 2015 - 16 January 2015
Location
Level 2, Theatre
Cost
Cost $9, MyMuseum members $7. Accompanying adults free of charge.