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Product 17043

By: The Flinn Staff

Plastic is present in nearly every aspect of our lives that we probably take its importance for granted. In this experiment, students design and synthesize their own plastics from a simple, one-pot, three-component process.

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Plastic is present in nearly every aspect of our lives that we probably take its importance for granted. Plastic is a basic component of cars, houses, cell phones, clothing and computers, to name just a small handful of its applications. In this experiment, students design and synthesize their own plastics from a simple, one-pot, three-component process. The lab introduces polymers, aqueous reaction chemistry, experimental design and materials chemistry. The plastic can be shaped or colored to suit individual student preference and students can experiment with the reaction parameters to adjust color, hardness and flexibility. Includes reproducible student handouts, Teacher Notes, and all necessary chemicals. Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
HS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.