About "Guess What?!" - atom lesson
My name is Yamina Acebo, and I am the author of the "Guess
What?!" lesson. I am attending
the University of Michigan to become an astronomera
childhood dream. Currently, I am a work-study student at the Center for
Ultrafast Optical Science, working for the K-12 Outreach Program.
This lesson (Guess What?!) was inspired by an experiment performed
in my seventh-grade physical science class. The experiment had the same
students an idea of how scientists guess what atoms look like.
Unfortunately, after doing the experiment then, for some reason I did not
fully understand its purpose. Now, with the help of teachers and parents,
I would like to clearly show other students how to do this experiment in
such a way that they can understand its important purpose.
Students should understand that the conventional model of the atom
is a picture derived from guessesit is not everlasting because it will
change with time. As microscopes become more powerful, scientists will
look at atoms with "new eyes" and the model's appearance will change. Who
knows? Maybe a student today will be the scientist who tomorrow will
atoms for what they really are!
I hope that you enjoy the lesson and I encourage you to take a look
at the many others provided by
the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition.
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