Elementary school display

February 11, 2013
Hello everyone,
This weekend was tough one for the north east, I hope everyone is safe and warm. I spent part of the weekend starting a little project with my 5 year old son for his school. We began the lay out of a standard Periodic Table chart on cork board. I plan on using pure samples for elements that are safe. I also plan on using a mix of compund and photos for other items. It is a great basic review exercise to build small child friendly displays. I am excited to piece the display together and plan on using very tiny samples and bond them with epoxy. some samples for the display will include Zirconium, Niobium, real Silver and Gold, even a small piece of palladium and Platinum is ready to go. I always have a good feeling when I can help anyone learn and become interested in science.
Working with my son on this is fun, he is interested and asks a lot of questions. He has understood for a while elements are ppure materials and has once corrected a fellow students parent. This led to a slightly embarrasing moments as the parent looked at my son as if to say "how dare you correct me" LOL I didn't bother to engage and left quick. I hear many times there are four elements or that elements are minerals or rocks. I am happy to see my son interested and begin to understand, I also am happy to help students learn what the periodic table is.
Have a nice monday tommorow and keep tuned in!
 

finishing the site

February 5, 2013
Hi Everyone,
after a long 6 months away I have vowed to finish this site and devote time to the elements for dorks. I have had a few emails asking me to get back to it, thank you guys. Moving to a new house and haveing my son in school has been a big distraction. My son Nelson has been enjoying school and brings in samples to share in his K-1 class. Nelson and I will build a small display and I will include real samples to donate to his school. Hopefully some kids will find inspiration. I am h...
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Im back!

July 13, 2012
Hello Everyone!
I finally have moved into my new home, and now I have settled in, I can blog again. I have a very nice area for my lab, and setting up all the toys.  Not many new element finds right now. but starting saturday I will back on the hunt. My house is set next to a brook which is said to have Gold. I have not found Gold yet but will keep on trying. 
I managed to set up some HV equipment, and produced Ozone to help combat issues with a smelly basement, O3 is a simple to create isotope...
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Lab set up soon!

May 20, 2012
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Wow what a busy month! I am officially buying a new house, and its hectic at work and at home. I have all my samples packed away for now, but excited knowing with in 60 days I will have a nce new permanent lab to work with. I can soon work with samples, and experiment, and take better photos. I know some of you out there were probably wondering what has happened. I have just been too busy and unable to keep up with my passion for the elements. Soon I will be able to work with a...
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Element hunting

April 28, 2012
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Spring is here, and people all around are having yard sales. When I have a few extra hours and dollars I like to check out yard sales for interesting items. Old microscopes and chem labs, oddities people have no clue what it is may be a treasure for a dork like myself. I have recently found a nice old sears microscope in the case, fully intact for 3.00, I also found a magnetic "rock" someone had in a thumbnail mount, label said NWA, I would bet that is genuine meteorite materia...
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New finds

April 5, 2012
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Sorry Its been a while since writing. I have had a bit of difficulty with the net and Yola, Hopefully that is solved! as the time went by I managed to obtain some choice samples. 300Grams of 99.99 Molybdenum plate with a nice rainbow of color from the piece's past use. I have also bought a very inexpensive item, a seized molecular vacuum motor with nice blades, I am working on this now, I plan on building a vacuum chamber to do work with rare earth elements! I have a nice chunk...
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Chromium

March 25, 2012
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I had the fortune to obtain a very large 99.999+ 17 pound Chromium target. The target has been used, and what is left is a very beautiful surface. the surface has the look of being sand blasted, or frosted. there is also an interesting wavy line running the length of this sample, The piece is long rectangle shape and thick. I will be posting photos but want to get a nice light for the pictures. These types of targets are used for optical industry. The Chromium is removed one at...
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New Selenium

March 22, 2012
Hello Everyone!
I wanted to share ahead about something I found that is pretty cool. A Selenium rectifier from the good old days, NOS!
The Selenium rectifier was used in radio transmision equipment, and contained Selenium, some old diodes also contain Selenium. Many old school electrical components have interesting contents, like Germanium transistors, crystal frequency standards, Carbon resistors, Tantalum and Niobium capacitors. There are many fun ways to get samples!. I always like to disas...
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Nickel from space!

March 20, 2012
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I just made a small deal to receive a polished slab of meteorite with Pallasite. This piece is really cool, it is made of Iron and Nickel.There is crystals of olivine  and peridot within the piece, the slab looks like super shiny Swiss cheese with gem stones. I am excited and might have to take some Gold coins and melt them down and make a necklace of this awesome piece. The Piece comes from the mid west and was a meteor thought to hit earth 20,000 years or so ago. I have been ...
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New Samples!

March 17, 2012

Hello Everyone!
Today I added photos of new samples, A 5 Kilo 80mm 99.2% pure Titanium rod with precision cuts! This element photo is a nice addition to the gallery. 2 elements on the periodic table Tantalum  and Tungsten are next to each other, and I added evaporation wire and spark plug of Tungsten. New capacitor foil of Tantalum I have a lot of extra foil!.
A very interesting piece is a sealed Airco Argon globe. This photo show the element Argon in a vintage blown glass bulb, with the glass...


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About Me


Hi! I'm Sammy, This is my blog for my site, The Elements for Dorks. I am here to show photos my own element collection, and maybe share some useful information. I am happy to build the Free element photo gallery and information site. I have a passion for certain hobbies, I like High Voltage, and build Tesla coils, Marx generators, Van De Graff, Whimehurst, Voltage multipliers, and other fun stuff, I had my first microscope at 11, and my first chemistry set at 12. other than the elements, I collect empire coinage, marbles, rocks tattoos and whatever weird stuff comes along. I have a Industrial science degree in Marine Propulsion Technology. I enjoy tinkering so working with engines, wires, and fiberglass is just fun for me. I have worked as a boat electrician, and fuel and ignition tech on OMC outboards (Johnson and Evinrude) at a warranty service shop. I also have worked as an activities director in a high acuity convalescence facility in Florida. A few fun things I have done is create a couple educational puzzles, and also I enjoy woodworking and painting. Thanks for stopping by!

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