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Atoms

It's all elemental

Atoms are the basic building blocks of matter, and determine the properties and behaviors of all materials. Experiment with amazing substances like shape memory alloy and ferrofluid to discover why their atomic arrangements make them behave the way they do. Take a virtual journey into the history of atomic theory. Get your hands on a virtual chemistry set: choose elements from a digitally projected periodic table, and then drag them across the tabletop to combine them and see what compounds can be made.

Featured Exhibits

Select elements from a digital periodic table to bring together in a virtual reaction. No goggles necessary.

Small building blocks can make a big difference in how a given material will behave.

Particles inside this fluid put on quite a show when a magnet is near.