Materials That Move Us

The “Materials That Move Us” collection was launched in March 2019 through the generous support of the Arconic Foundation. Many of the activities were developed in collaboration with volunteers from Arconic and piloted by staff at schools in the Arconic community.

Data Collection and Graphing

Learn about the scientific method by selecting the best materials for use in a commercial jet engine. Then, learn how rigorous testing helps ensure the safety and performance of parts used in military fighter jets.

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HGSS: HS-PS2-1
Keywords: Physics; Mathematics; Scientific Method; Data Interpretation; Composites; Yield Strength; Young’s Modulus

Measurement and Scale

From discussions of the weather to complex scientific applications, measurements help define the world around us. Explore the importance of accurate measurements through a simulation of hail damage on car hoods. Then, go even further by learning what gives units of measurement any meaning at all.

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HGSS: HS-PS1-1
Keywords: Physics; Mathematics; Chemistry; Measuring; Measuring Devices; Significant Figures; International System of Units (SI); Standards; Certified Reference Materials

Chemical and Physical Properties

Distinguish between chemical and physical properties through real-world examples of each. Learn about chemical changes by watching corrosion at work. Then, see how ship failures in World War II led to improvements in how we test materials.

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HGSS: HS-PS1-2
Keywords: Chemistry; Physical Changes; Chemical Changes; Corrosion; Physical Properties; Scientific Method; Surface Engineering and Coatings

States of Matter

Explore the “how” behind a phenomenon that many of us take for granted by experimenting with ice or by creating your own alloy.

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HGSS: HS-PS2-6; HS-PS1-3
Keywords: Chemistry; Physics; Heating Curve; Intermolecular Forces; Solidification; Melting Points; Phase Change; Alloys

Capstone Project

Throughout Materials Explorers™ you’ve seen the importance of materials selection in designing a product. You’ve also learned about the scientific method, a logical or systematic approach to problem solving. Now, you’ll be able to apply that knowledge to conceptualize and design your very own product.

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HGSS: HS-PS2-6; HS-PS1-3
Keywords: Chemistry; Physics; Scientific Method; Product Development; Entrepreneurship

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