Chem 40 – Theme 3 | Creating elements in our Universe


What is the current model of the atom? How are elements created? How do we know what elements exists on stars and other galaxies? 

These are all the questions that relate to the characteristics of all of the elements that exist. The extraordinary aspect of chemistry and elements is that they every element that exist on earth or that we know about also exist somewhere in the Universe. Every matter that exists is based on the elements found on the Periodic table. So then, how exactly do we know what exists elsewhere in the Universe? Could there be other elements, or other forms of matter that could exists? Why or why not? 

In this project, we answer all of the questions above and investigate the practical uses of understanding the quantum model via the development of a interactive museum exhibit. 

What your museum must include:

1. A large poster size display – 1 Foam board size or larger – This is your exhibit on display. 

2. A visual presentation – 5 minute presentation – this is the in class presentation

3. An interactive element – whether through the use of games, a device the audience can use, augmented reality using ZapWorks, or something that will require the audience to interactive with.

4. Content –

You will choose a practical use of the quantum model (one discussed in class or one you have researched).

You will include the explanation of what the usage is, how the interactive element is used and the theory behind it. You must include pictures/diagrams/or tables. 


What you need to learn

Specific Outcomes

  1. Historical developments of the quantum model of the atom (C12-02-04)
  2. Explain the importance of light and the line spectra in the understanding of elements in the Universe.
  3. Explain and depict the organization of our elements based on electrons and its trends on the Periodic table.
  4.  What is the current representation of atoms?

How you are assessed


  1. Quiz on electron configurations
  2. Quiz on periodic trends
  3. Quiz on atomic orbitals
  4. Final product – Museum exhibition display 


Tutorial Videos

Watch these to help and guide you along. You are expected to watch all of these videos and complete the workbook required. 

  2. The discovery of the proton
  3. Writing Electron Configuration
  4. Exploring Periodic trends
  5. Atomic Orbitals 

Other notes