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M&M® Model of the Atom: Edible Subatomic Particles


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M&M® Model of the Atom: Edible Subatomic Particles

In this activity, learners use colored candy to represent subatomic particles and make a model of an atom (Bohr model). This activity will help familiarize learners with subatomic components of an atom as well as nuclear notation of the periodic table.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • A periodic table
  • M&M® or other edible treats (Skittles®, jelly beans, etc)
  • A copy of the blank Bohr model (print from last page)

Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Number and Operations
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elements and Periodic Table
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
      • Mass and Weight

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking
  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Muller, Eric

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, ©2011

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