No one was actually there to see the birth of the universe, but years of collaboration between physicists and mathematicians allow us to glimpse all but a fraction of a second of it. A narrated journey shows the phase changes early matter went through to transform subatomic particles into the stars and planets we see today.
- Extend the lesson by studying large particle colliders and how they function
- Incorporate an activity that illustrates quarks and other particles to provide additional information
- Learners should be familiar with subatomic particles, states of matter, and phase changes prior to viewing
- The simulations that show how matter changed over time help pupils understand the extreme conditions present in the universe's early days
- Discusses the formation of elements as atoms and bonding became possible, which adds a strong link to chemistry and the periodic table