Students learn that matter can be described and classified by its observable properties. They test a variety of materials to determine which have properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. Students will ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a simple problem that can be solved through the development of an improved object. Then make a recommendation to Sanford Lab engineers about which materials they consider to be the best fit for the job and why.
Educator Resource: Curriculum Module
As a Matter of Fact
What is matter? Why do we select certain materials when making things? Students will explore answers to these questions (and more) as they work to understand the properties of matter.
A minimum of six 40-minute sessions