October 2, 2018 | How much empty space is in an atom? About one soccer field’s worth.
After attempting to draw a proportionally correct model of a hydrogen atom on paper, students in Ms. Lamb’s Form II Science class headed to Gillard field to create a more accurate representation. With one student acting as an imaginary millimetre-sized proton, another student was tasked with representing the electron, 50 metres away. The outdoor visualization served to show students the degree to which matter is made up of empty space.
Now if the whole school got involved, we would have just enough students to create a rhenium atom!