Materials Lab

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Why is wood good for building houses, but not the best choice for high-rise apartments? Future materials scientists put building materials to the test using a hands-on interactive. Pupils pull and push on substances such as reinforced concrete and cast iron, then compare them in terms of compression, tension, and cost.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Make the interactive a pre-lesson to a building project where learners must choose their own materials
  • Have the class rank each material in terms of strength by analyzing the data
Classroom Considerations
  • Plan plenty of time for individuals to get online and use the resource
  • A nice selection of common materials makes the interactive practical and useful
  • Information about each material is neatly tabbed and easy to analyze
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