Students learn that matter can be described and classified by its observable properties. They test a variety of materials to determine which have properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. They analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs. Then they make a recommendation to Sanford Lab engineers.
Educator Resource: Curriculum Module
As a Matter of Fact
What is matter? Why do we select certain materials when making things? Students will explore answers to these questions (and more) as they work to understand the properties of matter.
A minimum of five 40-minute sessions