This is my LED Manganese Atom Model!
Unfortunately, when I built the model, I did not document the steps that I I took to build it, honestly because I did not know what my steps would be, or how it would turn out at the end. But somehow it turned out great! I will try to describe the build process the best I can.
80 LED's of 3 different colors (protons, neutrons, electrons)
plenty of resistors to complete the LED arrays.
1 board of perfboard
metal rod (for the stand)
2x4 wooden base
Step 1: Choose Your Atom
The first step is to choose what atom you want to model. The biggest factor for me in choosing an atom was the quantity of LED's that I wanted to use. Each element has an unique number of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Carbon has 6 protons, 6 electrons, and 6 neutrons. -> this gives a total of 18 LED's in a complete model. Simple, but also probably not too impressive. I wanted an element that had somewhere around 75 LED's to make an impressive model. Manganese has 25 protons, 30 neutrons, and 25 electrons. -> My atom model has a total of 80 LED's. So I chose Manganese.
fyi...[Manganese Uses: Manganese is an important alloying agent. Manganese colors glass an amethyst color and is the coloring agent in natural amethyst. Manganese is an important trace element in nutrition, although exposure to the element is toxic in higher quantities.]