Thursday, June 5, 2014


We just learned about the shiny black rock Graphite

Another cool type of element is Iron.

Iron is a very common mineral found throughout the earth, and it is used in many types of metal things.

Because it is such a useful metal, it is mined throughout the world.
(from: wikipedia - iron)

Iron is one of the main chemical elements, the building blocks that make up our world.
It is on the Periodic Table under the name "Fe" which comes from the latin word for iron: "ferrum".

When combined with other types of minerals like carbon, it can become stronger.
When two minerals are combined like that it is called an alloy.
With the right type of carbon and iron, you can make the super strong metal steel.

steel wire
(from: wikipedia - steel)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Chemical Elements