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December 2, 2014 / lucym14

Growing crystals!

Crystals are something that fascinate a lot of children, whether it be finding them on the beach, or seeing them in a museum. Water crystals, otherwise known as snowflakes, are an amazing chemistry phenomenon. There are millions of different snowflake designs, which are determined by the weather conditions (such as temperature, humidity and wind speed) where each part of the snowflake forms.

The next two home ed workshops look at how crystals are made, as well as studying a bit about the periodic table and how chemical reactions work. We will set up a chemical reaction which should result in the production of crystals after a week or two. We will also look at the structure of crystals, and the arrangements of atoms within certain specific crystals! For more info see here.

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