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Have your class make artwork out of used soda cans. The class analyzes the materials that are in cars and ponder the use of aluminum in them. The teacher anodizes strips of aluminum in order for them to be dyed, then pupils create artwork using the dyed aluminum strips. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class try to dye strips of aluminum that have not been anodized
  • Research the electro-chemical process that occurs through the anodization
Classroom Considerations
  • The anodizing requires a fume hood
  • The activity is the final installment in a six-part series on recycling
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  • The resource provides step-by-step instructions for the anodization process
  • The teacher background information has an explanation about why aluminum and similar metals are so wanted for recycling
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