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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.
Early Elementary
Time required
A minimum of six 40-minute sessions

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.