The Atomic Congress - Game Script The evolution of atomic models


Background

Dear Scientists,

I hope you are feeling well. It is my honor to host you at this important congress. Our goal is to understand the various explanations of the atomic structure that have been explored throughout the years. Please prepare a short, 3 minute presentation (prezi.com, google slides ) or a short movie (uploaded to youtube) that explains your atomic model. View the presentations in the following order:

  1. Democritus
  2. John Dalton
  3. J.J Thompson
  4. Ernest Rutherford
  5. Niels Bohr

Take your time and try to find at least four reliable on-line resources for your presentations. Remember to respect and listen closely to each other. You will have the chance to ask questions and debate after you review the presentations.

Good Luck,

Ms. Marshall

Characters

Democritus Greek philosopher

Democritus (Greek meaning "chosen of the people"), (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) was an influential Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher primarily remembered today for his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe.

His exact contributions are difficult to disentangle from those of his mentor Leucippus, as they are often mentioned together in texts. Their speculation on atoms, taken from Leucippus, bears a passing and partial resemblance to the nineteenth-century understanding of atomic structure that has led some to regard Democritus as more of a scientist than other Greek philosophers; however, their ideas rested on very different bases. Largely ignored in ancient Athens, Democritus was nevertheless well known to his fellow northern-born philosopher Aristotle. Plato is said to have disliked him so much that he wished all his books burned. Many consider Democritus to be the "father of modern science".


Your Task

Dear Democritus, you have to create a short, 3 minute presentation (prezi.comgoogle slides ) or a short movie (uploaded to youtube) that explains your atomic model. Use the resources given to you as well as other reliable sources.


Resources

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John Dalton Scientist

John Dalton (6 September 1766 – 27 July 1844) was an English chemist, physicist, and meteorologist. He is best known for his pioneering work in the development of modern atomic theory; and his research into colour blindness, sometimes referred to as Daltonism, in his honour.


Your Task

Dear Dalton, you have to create a short, 3 minute presentation (prezi.comgoogle slides ) or a short movie (uploaded to youtube) that explains your atomic model. Use the resources given to you as well as other reliable sources.


Resources

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J.J Thompson Scientist

Sir Joseph John "J. J." Thomson (18 December 1856 – 30 August 1940) was an English physicist. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of London and appointed to the Cavendish Professorship of Experimental Physics at the Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory in 1884.


Your Task

Dear Thompson, you have to create a short, 3 minute presentation (prezi.comgoogle slides ) or a short movie (uploaded to youtube) that explains your atomic model. Use the resources given to you as well as other reliable sources.


Resources

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Ernest Rutherford Scientist

Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson (30 August 1871 – 19 October 1937) was a New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics. 


Your Task

Dear Rutherford, you have to create a short, 3 minute presentation (prezi.comgoogle slides ) or a short movie (uploaded to youtube) that explains your atomic model. Use the resources given to you as well as other reliable sources.


Resources

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Niels Bohr Scientist

Niels Henrik David Bohr (Danish: [nels ˈb̥oɐ̯ˀ]; 7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962) was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr was also a philosopher and a promoter of scientific research.


Your Task

Dear Bohr, you have to create a short, 3 minute presentation (prezi.comgoogle slides ) or a short movie (uploaded to youtube) that explains your atomic model. Use the resources given to you as well as other reliable sources.


Resources

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Scene 1: Welcome to the Congress



1.

Public Message

Hello friends,

Thank you for coming today. It's a great honor to have you here with us. Briefly present yourselves, and provide a link to your presentation.

Good Luck!



2.

Private (a while after previous message)

Democritus :

Democritus, present yourself to the others. Tell them where you are from, and from what era. Post a link to your presentation. Then review the presentations that the others posted.

If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr

 

John Dalton :

Dalton,  present yourself to the others. Tell them where you are from, and from what era. Post a link to your presentation. Then review the presentations that the others posted.

If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr

J.J Thompson :

Thompson,  present yourself to the others. Tell them where you are from, and from what era. Post a link to your presentation. Then review the presentations that the others posted.

If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr

Ernest Rutherford :

Rutherford,  present yourself to the others. Tell them where you are from, and from what era. Post a link to your presentation. Then review the presentations that the others posted.

If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr

Niels Bohr:

Bohr, present yourself to the others. Tell them where you are from, and from what era. Post a link to your presentation. Then review the presentations that the others posted.

If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr



3.

Private (a while after previous message)

Democritus :

Democritus, tell the others an interesting fact about yourself, or the place or time you are from.

John Dalton :

Dalton, tell the others an interesting fact about yourself, or the place or time you are from.

J.J Thompson :

Thompson, tell the others an interesting fact about yourself, or the place or time you are from.

Ernest Rutherford :

Rutherford, tell the others an interesting fact about yourself, or the place or time you are from.

Niels Bohr:

Bohr, tell the others an interesting fact about yourself, or the place or time you are from.



4.

Public Message (a while after previous message)

Hello Scientists,

Thank you for your amazing presentations. Please feel free to ask each other questions about their model.



End Message

Thank you for finishing the first part of the forum. See you in the next scene!



Discussion Points

  1. Which model best describes the atom?
  2.  How did the models change over time?

Scene 2: The Congress Continues



1.

Public Message

Hello Scientists,

It was an honor to view your presentations. Please re-post them for everyone to see. 



2.

Private (Shortly After previous message)

Democritus :

Democritus, compare your model with the others. Post your presentation for everyone to see. If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr

John Dalton :

Dalton, compare your model with the others. Post your presentation for everyone to see. If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr

J.J Thompson :

Thompson, compare your model with the others. Post your presentation for everyone to see. If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr

Ernest Rutherford :

Rutherford, compare your model with the others. Post your presentation for everyone to see. If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr

Niels Bohr:

Bohr, compare your model with the others. Post your presentation for everyone to see. If any of the scientists are not present today, reference these links instead: Democritus (first 2 minutes)  I  Dalton  I  Thompson  I  Rutherford  I  Bohr



3.

Public Message (Shortly After previous message)

Dear Scientists,

Who can tell us how the Democritus and Dalton models compare with Thompson's, Rutherford's, and Bohr's?

 



4.

Private (a while after previous message)

Democritus :

Democritus, tell the others what you find most interesting about the Thompson model.

John Dalton :

Dalton, tell the others what you find most interesting about the Rutherford model.

J.J Thompson :

Thompson, tell the others what you find most interesting about the Bohr model.

Ernest Rutherford :

Rutherford, tell the others what you find most interesting about the Democritus model.

Niels Bohr:

Bohr, tell the others what you find most interesting about the Dalton model.



5.

Public Message (a while after previous message)

Scientists, who can tell us what the difference is between Thomson's model and Rutherford's?



Vote

[username], after hearing what everyone has presented, which scientist's model was the most interesting to you? 



Option 1
Democritus
Option 2
Dalton
Option 3
Thompson
Option 4
Rutherford
Option 5
Bohr


Ending message for when most people voted for option



Option 1

Thank you for participating in this discussion.
See you in class!


Option 2

Thank you for participating in this discussion.
See you in class!


Option 3

Thank you for participating in this discussion.
See you in class!


Option 4

Thank you for participating in this discussion.
See you in class!


Option 5

Thank you for participating in this discussion.
See you in class!




Discussion Points

  1. Which model best describes the atom?
  2.  How did the models change over time?
  3.  What is the major difference between Dalton's Atomic theory and Rutherford/Bohr's model of the atom?