A group of participants attempts to understand the purpose of the machine and the magnets given to them. After they put the magnets in the machine and turn it on, they notice that the magnets start to form complex structures on their own. The magnets symbolize atoms, and the experience suggests that compounds can form on their own over time, given a constant input of energy.
Starting from the hand of a sleeping man at a picnic, this clip investigates the structure of a cells in the hand and goes into more granular details to the scale at which the makeup of a single carbon atom is investigated.
Bill Nye explains that an atom is composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are found in the nucleus and have a positive and a neutral charge, respectively. Electrons, taking on a negative charge, move around the nucleus. Bill Nye demonstrates that an atom is mostly empty space by illustrating the distance between the nucleus and the electrons.