Session S67a (Wednesday, 9:30am, CHEM 102)

P728: Carbon playground

Angela R. Jones, Andrew Greenberg, James Maynard, John W. Moore (University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA)

The Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison has designed and constructed climbable playground equipment in the shape of different forms of carbon: graphene monkey bars, a buckyball jungle gym, and a carbon nanotube rope tunnel. The pieces are part of the science playground in the Rockford, Illinois Discovery Center Museum. A Carbon Playground website and educational curriculum has been developed to complement the playground pieces. The website introduces children at the elementary school level to the properties of carbon. The children can follow the story of Carl, a carbon atom, on his quest to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up and learn about carbon-containing molecules. On Allotrope Island, visitors learn about allotropes of carbon through online video sources, interactive games, and other online adventures. Additionally, the website also provides Discovery Projects for children to examine the properties of carbon offline.


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