Plastic is a versatile material with useful properties. This is why it is used for products in a range of industries from aviation to medicine. Students test plastic against other materials to understand why it is found everywhere.
In this activity students will discover how to design and carry out their own investigation into the properties of plastics. Specifically, comparing plastic against other materials testing insulation and strength properties.
For those conducting the insulation investigation, do not give students water hotter than 43 degrees Celsius. This can be achieved by boiling water in advance and allowing it to cool to the appropriate temperature, or by asking technicians to bring the correct temperature water to the class when needed.
Part of:Common Seas Ocean Plastics Academy
Science | Ages 11-14
Ocean Plastics Science is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource combining both biology and chemistry. Students discover the journey plastic takes from manufacture, use, and disposal into the ocean. Included are teacher resources that allow students to emulate real research conducted by The University of Plymouth.