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Carolina STEM Challenge®: Make It Bounce Kit

Item # 820101 Exclusive

Grades 6-12. A chemistry lesson that is competitive? Yes! Bring the excitement of a Carolina STEM Challenge® to your chemistry classroom and watch student engagement bounce off the walls. Introduce students to polymer chemistry as they make bouncy balls using white glue and sodium borate. After testing their cross-linked polymer’s properties, student teams are challenged to design a polymer that maximizes bounce. Kit materials support 15 teams, and the challenge requires 1 to 2 class periods.

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Grades 6-12. A chemistry lesson that is competitive? Yes! Bring the excitement of a Carolina STEM Challenge® to your chemistry classroom and watch student engagement bounce off the walls. Introduce students to polymer chemistry as they make bouncy balls using white glue and sodium borate. After testing their cross-linked polymer’s properties, student teams are challenged to design a polymer that maximizes bounce. Teams enter their engineered material into a classroom competition and extend their learning via the engineering design process.

Students will:

  • Perform a warm-up activity to learn the basics of polymer chemistry
  • Complete a design challenge that includes planning, implementation, testing, modifications, and retesting
  • Enter their design into a classroom competition to determine the best formulation and design
  • Give a presentation that explains their designs and results to their classmates

Science, technology, engineering, and math extension suggestions are included to bring even more perspective to this activity. The comprehensive teacher's manual with student guide includes both a design challenge scoring rubric and a grading rubric. Kit materials support 15 teams, and the challenge requires 1 to 2 class periods.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
 
Components Qty Included?
Sodium Borate, 500 g 1 Included
Cups, 30 mL 100 Included
Cups, 60 mL 15 Included
White Glue, 128 oz 1 Included
Craft Sticks 45 Included
Digital Resource Card 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Meter Sticks 15 Needed, Not Included
Container for Rinsing (150 mL or larger) 15 Needed, Not Included
Beakers, 250 mL 2 Needed, Not Included
Balance 1 Needed, Not Included
Water Needed, Not Included
Paper Towels Needed, Not Included
Plastic Zipper Bags (optional) Needed, Not Included
Food Dye (optional) Needed, Not Included
Cornstarch (optional) Needed, Not Included
Flour (optional) Needed, Not Included
Baking Soda (optional) Needed, Not Included
Sodium Chloride (optional) Needed, Not Included
Sand (optional) Needed, Not Included
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