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Students explore the chemistry of carbon using a variety of modeling methods. Based on the models created, they learn about molecular shape, stereochemistry, isomerism, and different classes of organic compounds. A series of exercises help students relate the structure of organic molecules to their functional applications. Students then design and conduct their own experiment to evaluate the efficiency of synthetic and natural hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymers in cleaning up an oil spill.
|Molecular Model Sets||10||Included|
|Y-Plate Petri Dishes||20||Included|
|Petri Dishes, 100 × 15 mm||40||Included|
|Graduated Plastic Pipets, 3 mL||40||Included|
|Sodium Chloride, 20 g||1||Included|
|Ethanol, 95%, 30 mL||3||Included|
|Blue Food Coloring||1||Included|
|Polymeric, 80 g||1||Included|
|Nitrogen Atom Model Pieces||2||Included|
|Petroleum Remediation Product, 2 oz||1||Included|
|Sodium Polyacrylate, 30 g||1||Included|
|Polyacrylamide, 30 g||1||Included|
|Black China Marker||1||Included|
|Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Beakers, 250 mL||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Graduated Cylinders, 100 mL||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Test Tubes, 18 × 150 mm||30||Needed, Not Included|
|Test Tube Racks||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Weighing Boats||100||Needed, Not Included|
|Beakers, 150 mL (or smaller)||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Resealable Plastic Bags||3||Needed, Not Included|
|Index Cards||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Permanent Marker||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Scissors||2||Needed, Not Included|
|Organic Motor Oil (any brand)||Needed, Not Included|
|Plastic Spoons||26||Needed, Not Included|
|Long Tweezers or Stirring Rods||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Electronic Balances||Needed, Not Included|
|Samples of HDPE, LDPE, and PP Plastic||Needed, Not Included|
|Tap or Distilled Water||Needed, Not Included|
|Untreated Water from a Natural Source (optional)||Needed, Not Included|
Inquiries in Science® is our exclusive series of hands-on kits specifically designed to help high school students understand abstract, hard-to-grasp science concepts. The series tracks well with most textbooks, and kit topics reflect state science standards and extensive educator input. Since Inquiries in Science® is modular, you can use the kits individually, as a strand, or as a series to teach biology, chemistry, and environmental science.
Field-tested in classrooms nationwide, Inquiries in Science® employs guided inquiry based on the 5E learning cycle of engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate. This inquiry-based approach also promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) practices. It enables students to:
Inquiries in Science® helps students build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and encourages creativity, collaboration, and teamwork. It creates an environment in which you and your students work together as active learners.
Disciplines and topics addressed by the kits were organized and selected based on data from numerous sources, including the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards, AAAS's Project 2061 Science Benchmarks, NAEP's Science Framework, and state science education standards from across the US. In addition, the Inquiries in Science® content and activities reflect the science practices and engineering practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts outlined by the National Research Council's A Framework for K–12 Science Education (2011) and the Next Generation Science Standards (2013).