I love using LEGO to explain the tricky concepts both in my videos and the lessons I teach. The bricks are simple but they are a great way to illustrate complex ideas in an easy way.

Just a few bricks can be used to demonstrate ions, isotopes, ionising radiation, the quark structure of baryons, beta minus and beta plus decay.

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I first saw LEGO used to help explain particle physics in material produced by Queen Mary's University (available here).  I then developed this with futher bricks to make photons, quarks and the entire standard model. Like any model there are some limitations, however, I find that LEGO does help students to visualise some of the more difficult parts of this course.

You can buy individual bricks in any colour and quantity you need from the LEGO Pick a Brick website

The bricks that I used are:

Proton

Neutron

Electron

Electron Neutrino

Up Quark

Down Quark

2x2 Brick - Yellow

2x2 Brick - Red

1x1 Brick - Grey

1x1 Plate - Grey

2x2 Plate - Yellow

2x2 Plate - Red

No. 300324

No. 300321

No. 4211098

No. 4210719

No. 302224

No. 302221

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