Have an Atomic Attire Fashion Show











Want your class to take this to the next level???? (Additional time required)


• Let students invite parents, teachers, and others who may be interested in attending.

• Clear an aisle in your room and make a runway out of red bulletin board paper with a big atom drawn where the model needs to stop and turn for the photographers and audience!

• The designer is at the podium reading the narrative on the attire as the model makes his/her way down the runway. Every student is photographed in their attire. You may want to video tape as well.
























You will also need a typed (font size 14) description narrating the research, highlights, and creativity of your attire. The narrative (see sample) will be read by you, while your partner models your attire on the Atomic Runway! (Goggles are recommended, but not required, for runway models.)


Sample narrative: I created a lab coat with the element Hodgesium and this is my sample narrative.


My partner is modeling the element Hodgesium. This soft, green solid is a man-made radioactive element and was created in the ______ Science Lab in 2008 by Pre-AP Science students. Hodgesium is toxic and burns brilliantly as you can see by the colorful flame on the lower right corner of her coat. The element’s name is derived from the Geek words Hodges + science which translates to “nerds hang here” due to the exceptionally high number of neutrons in the nucleus.


The Periodic Table square in the left center of the coat shows the symbol for Hodgesium to be an upper case H lower case dg.


Uses for Hodgesium are pictured on the coat and include:

  • brain research
  • seasoning cafeteria food
  • flame throwers
  • radioactive slime


The Model prominently displayed on the front of the coat shows the 121 pink protons and 308 blue neutrons in the nucleus. There are 121 yellow electrons orbiting around the nucleus. Hodgesium has an Atomic Number of 121 and an Atomic Mass of 409. This element is highly unstable and should only be used for experimentation by trained scientists.


Creating and Completing the Fashion (two 45 minute class periods)

Each student will need to have their research notes and illustrations they plan to use. The only thing the teacher will need to have on hand, once the aprons and shirts are distributed, are fabric markers or colored permanent sharpie markers. Black ultra-fine are best for printing required information onto the garment.




Optional: You might also choose to have available beads, buttons, and sewing thread and needles for 2-dimensional atomic parts.  Other options are fabric paint and brushes, small cans for rinsing brushes, plastic plates for paint easels, paper towels for drying brushes, and hangars to hang garments that have wet paint.

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