Science Fair Project: How to make a Molecule Model

Today I have more inspiration for your next science project – an easy, DIY Molecule Model. Last week, Linda Valentino shared her tutorial for making an Atom, and today, she’ll show how to make Water and Methane Molecule Models. Follow Linda’s lead to mix and match the atoms to make other Molecules, too. If your end-of-school-year agenda doesn’t include a science project, be sure to bookmark this page for next year. You know you’ll need it sometime!

Easy DIY Molecule Models

To make a Molecule Model, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 2” ball and four, 1-1/2” balls (Methane Molecule)
    • One 2” ball and two, 1-1/2” balls (Water Molecule)
  • Wood dowel, 3/16” x 12”
  • Acrylic craft paint in red, blue and white
  • Optional: Letter stickers in black
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; toothpicks

To make a Molecule Model:

1. Cut dowel with scissors into four, 2-½” lengths. Paint white. You’ll use two dowels for a Water Molecule and four for a Methane Molecule.

2. Insert toothpicks into the balls and use as handles while painting. Paint the 2” balls red and the 1-½” balls blue.

3. Water Molecule (H2O):

  • You’ll use one red ball (Oxygen); two blue balls (Hydrogen); and two dowel lengths.
  • Dip one end of each dowel length in glue, and insert into the blue balls.
  • Squeeze glue on other ends of dowels, and insert into the red ball.

4. Hydrogen Molecule (CH4):

  • You’ll use one red ball (Carbon); four blue balls (Hydrogen); and four dowel lengths.
  • Dip one end of each dowel length into glue, and insert into the blue balls.
  • Squeeze glue on other ends of dowels, and insert into the red ball.

5. Optional: Use letter stickers to label each ball. If needed, add a dab of glue to help secure the stickers to the balls.

DIY easy Molecule Models

I have a few more Homework Helpers, so if you’re looking for more ideas, be sure to check them out.

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Here’s a fun fact – designer Linda Valentino used to be a teacher – an art teacher! Did you have a favorite teacher? I remember every art teacher I had, and many others, too.

Here’s another fun fact — this Friday, May 10, is National Mod Podge Day! I think I’ll celebrate, how about you?

May 10 is National Mod Podge Day! Don't miss it!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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11 Responses to Science Fair Project: How to make a Molecule Model

  1. Angie Anderson Dyer says:

    Another great science project model! I like that the photos and printed directions are easy enough for school children to follow along. Happy Mod Podge Day!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Any day with Mod Podge is a happy day, right? Hands-on learning is so important, and a lot of kids learn best that way. Here’s hoping these models come in handy! Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. PS says:

    impressive…

  3. Another great tutorial for the kiddos!
    On May 19th Mod Podge is doing a HUGE event on their Facebook page! Check it out! TFS!

  4. Katiria says:

    It’s no surprise Linda was an art teacher her projects are fun and educational.
    Mod Podge Day, why didn’t anybody tell me it was going to be Mod Podge day? I need to celebrate my mod podging something. (Is that even a word?) I used Mod Podge as a clear coat to cover the princess drawings I made on my daughter’s bedroom walls. So far so good 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 LOL, Mod Podging is absolutely a word! Go forth and podge! (Your daughter’s bedroom sounds adorable! Great use of Mod Podge, too.) Happy crafting! Sharon

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