Creative Chemistry Story

The Activity
Below is an activity suitable for Year 9 to 11 students designed by The McClintock Collective, a group of female educators interested in developing inclusive science curricula. Write a response to either Scene 1 or 2. Post this on the discussion forum for EDF5465.

The atoms party.
Prepare a script as set out below ( pick one scene)
Your writing must be based on scientific concepts but the story line is fictional. Be as creative as you like: give characters names and personalities; use drawings if you wish. Strip cartoon format is also acceptable. Submit your responses on the chat forum.
Scene 2
While all this is happening you are drawn into a strange relationship yourself. As one of the dew oxygen atoms at the party, you find yourself the topic of conversation amongst a nearby group of happy hydrogen atoms.

Suddenly two of the hydrogen atoms move away from their groups and approach you. The music continues to fill the room. What happens to you during the rest of the evening? What type of relationship are you drawn into? Is this the beginning of a very watery affair? Include the following terms in your description: covalent, electrons, sharing and shells.

(Note: This activity first appeared in McClintock Memos, Volume 8, December,1987.)


Presenting the…

I always felt growing up that I had something missing. In my teenage years I was diagnosed with an incomplete outer shell and was constantly looking for a partner or partners to complete me to fill my electron shells. When I meet Oxy we discovered we had so much in common. Both needing to be more balance we we quickly entered a relationship after covalent bonding ceremony. It was all going so well we had many journeys together, into the ocean and into a wombat until last night when we were invited to the atom party. We stuck together throughout the night until we interacted with glucose. For the first time ever I was separated from from Oxy and found myself involved with two the Proton Twins. He left me to create a family with his twin and Carby. While Oxy and I had a balance relationship we shared our electron equally the Proton Twins are terrific they seem to be so happy for me to have their electrons more often than not. I feel so much more negativity but their positivity means be are balanced.

About Sarah

Currently teaching in Collingwood College as a science and outdoor education high school teacher. After a huge 2020 I have decided to change direction and later in the year plan to undertake a coding bootcamp... After training to be a teacher via a Diploma of Education and Masters in Chemistry via thesis on the effects of bushfire on receiving water bodies (Gippsland 2002-2003) at Monash University Clayton Campus, Melbourne, Australia I have been teaching in Secondary schools in Melbourne including Sophia Mundi Steiner School . I have been an active member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), represented Australia at the world Canoe Polo Championships, am keen on other sports: netball, basketball and road cycling. I am a keen gardener and owner of chickens as well as a German Shorthaired Pointer and mother to four children. Life is busy but I would not have it any other way!
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