The Atoms Family
Did you know that your body is made of 7 billion billion billion atoms?! Atoms are smaller than the smallest thing you can imagine, and they're the "building blocks" of all matter. Your body is matter, the air we breathe is matter, the food we eat is matter. Literally EVERYTHING is matter and none of it would exist without atoms. Today, we're going to zoom way, way in on atoms, matter, plasma, and more.
what you’ll need
- Your Camp Kinda toolkit
- Two glasses or jars
- Hot and cold water
- Food coloring
Ask About Today
How do atoms come together to make matter? What is matter, anyway?
If you could create a totally new branch of chemistry, what would it focus on?
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The Makeup of Matter
Matter refers to anything in our world that takes up space: Your body, your bed, the buildings we see everyday, even your thoughts! And atoms are the smallest parts of matter—so small that a single strand of hair is 500,000 times wider than one atom! Find out what's the matter with matter in this video series from Crash Course Kids.
Looking at Atoms
What does an atom look like? And if they're so small, how can you even see them? Find out in this video.
Meet the Mad Scientist Democritus
Democritus was a Greek philosopher and scientist who first proposed the idea of atoms, almost 2,000 years before physicists found evidence of them. He was perfectly sane, but he came to be known as the "laughing philosopher" because of his habit of laughing at, well... everything. He laughed so much, in fact, that people worried he might be "mad"!
Plasma, the Stuff of Lightsabers
Plasma seems like the kind of thing a real mad scientist would cook up in the lab. Let's take a closer look.
Experimenting with Atoms
We wondered how fast some atoms moved compared to others in hot and cold water. Check out this video, then get some water and food coloring and try it yourself!
Atoms are always on the go, so let's get moving, too! Find some space, loosen up, and follow along with this remixed workout. Do it a few times to be sure you master all the moves.