Lesson Plan

Fun Look at Material Science

Introduce materials science with a class demonstration. After showing a PowerPoint presentation on materials and their properties, instructors provide a ceramic tile, a Popsicle stick, a paper clip, and a plastic bag as examples of materials. Breaking and bending these materials illustrates deformation and failure. This is the first in a two-part series.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils bring in different types of materials
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have some basic physics and chemistry knowledge
  • There is an associated activity with the lesson
  • Includes directions for optional research paper
  • Provides a variety of worksheets, including a quiz and answer key
  • None