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360Science™: Making the Chemistry Lab Greener

By: The Flinn Scientific Staff

360Science™ blends the best of student-engaging digital content with easily adaptable hands-on labs to offer your students a uniquely comprehensive learning experience.

In this lab experience, students carry out greener versions of classic chemistry labs: an exploration of hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces, a precipitation reaction and the use of a catalyst to increase the rate of a redox reaction. Editable, differentiated instructions range from a time-sensitive prescriptive lab to full open inquiry, and robust online videos and content—including a virtual reality (VR) simulation—help students prepare for and better understand the labs they’re conducting.

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360Science™: Making the Chemistry Lab Greener
Green chemistry, precipitation reactions, redox reactions, catalysis
Outcomes: Students will design and conduct greener versions of classic chemistry labs. In one of the experiments, they will develop a demonstration of the properties of hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces; they will show that regular paper is hydrophilic whereas applying a coating of wax-based material to a paper strip will make its surface hydrophobic (water repellent). This experiment utilizes recyclable, nontoxic materials. In a second experiment, students will figure out how to cause the precipitation of BiOCl by adding water to a Bi(NO3)3 + HCl solution, and they will prove that this precipitation can be reversed by adding more HCl to the mixture. This reaction is a greener alternative to the classic precipitation of toxic solids like silver chloride (AgCl). In a third experiment, students will demonstrate the effect of copper(II) sulfate as a catalyst in the reaction between dilute hydrochloric acid (HCl) and zinc metal, which generates hydrogen gas. They will argue about the benefits of using a catalyst to maximize the rate and output of a chemical reaction.
Associated Phenomena: Green Processes

Our 1-year option provides access to all digital content for one year plus lab supplies for a single class of 30 students. Our 3-year option extends access to digital content to three years, with a 30% discount on refill supply kits years 2 and 3.

What is Flinn 360Science™?
We’re introducing a whole new way to teach experiential science! We’ve taken a hard look at science study from all perspectives and, thanks to the feedback of thousands of teachers nationwide, we’ve created a way to make it easier to provide personalized instruction while delivering the kind of lab experiences your students truly need.

Our new and comprehensive learning solutions are designed to bring science to life by giving you all the tools you need to incorporate more (and effective) hands-on learning in your classroom or lab. 360Science allows you to provide your students with the support they need to make real-world connections to key scientific principles and help make those abstract concepts concrete.

Every 360Science lab solves the most common challenges educators face in bringing more hands-on science to their students—from not having enough time to matching the right level of challenge for students’ abilities to providing appropriate background content, safety techniques, assessments and more.

Enable student-driven, blended learning through a unique combination of leveled lab instructions supporting prescriptive, guided- and open-inquiry lab exercises (see PDF resource for specific details) with robust digital content, such as videos and carefully curated Open Educational Resources (OER)—along with virtual reality and simulation exercises. From editable, digital instructions to assessments and alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we have everything you need to improve mastery, remove the intimidation factor and foster your students’ natural curiosity.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Engaging in argument from evidence
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-ESS3.A. Natural Resources
HS-ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Crosscutting Concepts

Stability and Change of Systems

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.