The story of the Swedish man who built an atom smasher in his apartment made me think of this little educational gem created by General Electric to introduce and educate American students in the wonders of atomic power. It’s animated so that it would captivate the kiddies and just long enough so that the teacher could suck down a couple of Chesterfields in the teachers’ lounge while it was playing.
I caught this little wonder from a bygone era on the Pub-D-Hub channel via my fabulous Roku player. It was nice being re-introduced to sub-atomic particles, and I actually learned some things about the mechanics of fission. Not enough to build my own atom smasher, but I really dug the madly dancing atoms like the one pictured above. That must have killed them in the fifth grade!
So settle down, class while Herbert threads the projector. Susie, get the lights. Children, behave. I’m leaving Bobby in charge. I have an important meeting in the Teachers’ Lounge. Sit quietly and let’s all learn about Atomic Energyâ€¦