The Quarked! project was conceived by Professor Alice Bean and a diverse team of collaborators at the University of Kansas in 2003 as an entertaining method of introducing the world of subatomic physics to kids and adults. They imagined a world in which every child knew about the small and abstract parts of science as well as they knew their favorite TV characters and asked "If we could spark such an interest in basic science early on, would the level of science literacy grow as the audience aged?" And "If children were exposed to the ideas of subatomic physics early, would more of them understand and even pursue the scientific challenges of the next century?"
Now, Quarked! - Adventures in the Subatomic Universe brings subatomic physics to life through a multimedia project including an interactive website, a facilitated program for museums and schools, and an educational outreach program.
Animated segments focus on the adventures of Ushi (up-quark), Danny (down-quark), and Harold (up-quark) as they take on the invisible world of particle physics in their proton subatomic universe vehicle (SUV). Each Quarked character has an animated human counterpart who learns ways to solve everyday problems through the Quarked! micro-world adventures.
Targeted to kids ages 7–12 (and their families), the Quarked! project plans also include an animated television series plus science-based toys and games featuring the Quarked! characters.
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