This curriculum explores how the world is constructed on an atomic scale. Students learn how these tiny atomic and molecular constituents give rise to larger material behavior and how people can use this understanding of matter to impact the world in a variety of ways (i.e. politically, socially, environmentally). Students learn to shift scales and make valuable predictions by mastering conversions and manipulating equations. Beyond regular homework assignments, quizzes, and exams, the course provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively with labs that emphasize problem solving, a 1,000-word essay exploring the need of science in light of pressing world concerns, and multimedia atomic history presentations.