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 an investigation to chemically recycle cups made of polylactic acid (PLA) via depolymerization. First, they hydrolyze the PLA using heat and a strong base in solution. Next, they acidify the resulting mixture to generate a lactic acid solution that may be used as a cleaning product. 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.