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Crystals, Candy, and Clinker—Gahanna

04.22.2023 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


This workshop will introduce teachers of middle school science, chemistry, earth science, geology and environmental science to materials sciences. A review of 9 labs will help students see various applications of materials in everyday life.

Participants will:

  •  observe how thermal processing impacts metals
  • discover how metals and glass react to annealing and quenching
  • create composite materials to test

Activities will include:

  • Hot or Not? Heat a brick on one side without heat affecting the other side.
  • Candy fiber pull: Heat Jolly Ranchers and see how sugar fibers resemble the fibers of glass.
  • Glass bead on a wire: Identify metals using borax and heat.
  • Engineered concrete: Mix cement and composite materials to see which is strongest.
  • Piezoelectric materials: Discover materials that generate an electric charge with applied pressure.
  • Shape memory alloys: Observe alloys that return to their original shape after heating and bending.
  • Thermal processing of bobby pins: Experiment with annealing and quenching to see the effect on metal.
  • Thermal shock: Determine the differences in glass materials when heated and cooled.
  • How strong is your chocolate? See if your favorite candy bar can stand up to weight.

Participants will hear from industry experts about careers and real-world applications during lunch, and addresses standards in chemistry, physical science, environmental science and physical geology.

All participants will receive a materials science classroom kit ($250 value) and .7 CEUs, as well as the opportunity to apply for replacement supplies through a kit grant option.

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Clark Hall
389 Granville Street
Gahanna, OH 43230 United States
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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