The purpose of this experiment is to introduce your students to the science of ‘stuff’ - called MATERIAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING! This is a relatively new science which deals with the discovery & design of new materials; it’s an interdisciplinary science involving elements of both chemistry & physics. At the forefront of this subject is nanotechnology, however many of the foundations of material science were established during the later 20th century coinciding with the study of polymers, (aka plastics).
Please note: You will need to purchase enough ‘Flying Frogs’ or similar rubber type toy. I purchase the flying frogs from Oriental traders:
What you get…
Background and formulas
Calculations and results analysis
Data and results
A word about ‘Zip Labs’: Horizontal & Vertical Lesson Planning
In general, Zip Labs are science and math activities broken down into ‘horizontal and vertical’ educational increments. By ‘horizontal’ increments I mean each activity can be completed in a minimum of 60 minutes. However, the teacher, and/or student may choose to extend the activity over a longer time period or even days. By ‘vertical’ increments I mean each activity is broken down into segments according to grade and difficulty level. So teachers and/or students can decide where to start and how far to go with the topic.
Each Zip Lab includes potentially much more than any teacher will use at the particular grade level he or she may teach. However, it is my hope that teachers, and students, at lower grade levels will gain valuable insight by looking ahead to see how their teaching/learning will be applied in the future. While teachers and students at higher grade levels can reflect on topics that they should have learned in earlier grades. It is my hope that students see their education as a continuum rather than a series of disconnected and random topics.
Zip Labs include diagrams and illustrations that I hope are appealing to a wide range of ages. However, teachers can choose to omit them if they like. Also included is a Common Core ‘Depth of Knowledge’ (DOK) and grade level range ‘sliding’ indicator to help students visualize the relevance of their work.
New in this activity, optional QPA, (Quality Performance Assessment) ‘Stamps’ for Competency Based grading as well as differentiated lesson planning!
This unit activity meets or exceeds 21st Century and STEM learning expectations, and Common Core learning outcomes. Note: although ZIP-labs fulfill many CCSS, specific CCS standards are not listed because ZIP-labs are designed to be used over many graded levels so the specific CCSS may be different depending upon these factors. For a list of CCSS in your state please visit- www.corestandards.org
New – Integrated Holistic QPA, (that’s Quality Performance Assessment) created by me! This activity requires NO RUBRICS! The rubric is integrated into the activity itself. Much less work for you and far more meaningful to your students.
Working to change STEM to STEAM.