ERIC Number: EJ1131086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Binding Blocks: Building the Universe One Nucleus at a Time
Diget, C. Aa.; Pastore, A.; Leech, K.; Haylett, T.; Lock, S.; Sanders, T.; Shelley, M.; Willett, H. V.; Keegans, J.; Sinclair, L.; Simpson, E. C.
Physics Education, v52 n2 Article 024001 Mar 2017
We present a new teaching and outreach activity based around the construction of a three-dimensional chart of isotopes using LEGO® bricks. The activity, "binding blocks", demonstrates nuclear and astrophysical processes through a seven-meter chart of all nuclear isotopes, built from over 26000 LEGO® bricks. It integrates A-Level and GCSE curricula across areas of nuclear physics, astrophysics, and chemistry, including: nuclear decays (through the colours in the chart); nuclear binding energy (through tower heights); production of chemical elements in the cosmos; fusion processes in stars and fusion energy on Earth; as well as links to medical physics, particularly diagnostics and radiotherapy.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Physics, Chemistry, Science Activities, Charts, Manipulative Materials, Astronomy, Secondary School Science, College Science, Animation, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom