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Product 12855

By: Laura Trout, Lancaster Country Day School, Lancaster, PA

With the Gluep Production Polymers Guided-Inquiry Laboratory Kit, students design and conduct their own mini-research project as they try to win the contract to manufacture Gluep. Students learn about polymers while having fun!

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The Gluep Production Lab is a real-life, open-ended, discovery activity with an element of corporate competition. Student research teams are challenged to use the scientific method to improve a polymer recipe and make a bouncier Gluep ball—all while staying on a fixed budget. Students design and conduct their own mini-research project as they try to win the contract to manufacture Gluep. A fantastic opportunity for students to learn about the scientific method and polymers while having fun at the same time! Includes Teacher Notes, reproducible student handouts and all the necessary equipment and chemicals.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Includes Flinn Exclusive STEM Integration Guide.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
MS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.