Youth will be introduced to science and engineering as they explore properties of materials and discover how objects are designed with material properties. Special focus is placed on the impact and prevalence of plastics in our everyday lives. Youth will explore materials and their properties, sort materials based on their observations, identify different types of plastics and their proper disposal, learn how to lessen our impact on the Earth and its resources, and explore the role scientists and engineers play in advancing our knowledge about the world.
Preview of Curriculum
What is a Scientist? Engaging Youth as Scientists and Engineers
Activity A: What is a Scientist?
Activity B: I Wonder … Hydrogel Crystals and Scientist Mystery Boxes
Activity C: What is an Engineer?
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The Many Properties of Materials
Activity A: Exploring Materials
Activity B: Materials Engineering
Plastics in Your World
Activity A: What “Sort” of Plastic is This?
Activity B: U.S. Numbering System
Activity C: What Can We Do with Our Plastic?
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
Activity A: The Recycling Factory
Activity B: Be a "Re-Use" Engineer!
Renewable vs. Non-Renewable
Activity A: Sorting Materials
Activity B: Mining for Materials
Scientists and Engineers
Activity A: An Engineer’s Tale
Activity B: YOU are a Scientist or Engineer!