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Household Chemicals: Better by Design

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Household Chemicals: Better by Design is a SEPUP module designed for use in grades 6–12. The module contains a series of 11 activities that provide approximately 4–5 weeks of instruction

Household Chemicals: Better by Design Equipment Kit Content

Scroll down to see the materials that are included in the Household Chemicals: Better by Design kit as well as those materials that are required but not included.

Materials in Household Chemicals equipment kit

  • 32 9-oz plastic cups
  • 24 30-mL graduated cups
  • 16 stir sticks
  • 16 droppers
  • 16 magnifiers
  • 1 "fortune teller miracle fish"
  • 16 pairs of forceps
  • 8 30-mL dropper bottles of
  • water (empty)
  • household vinegar (empty)
  • 50% household bleach
  • universal indicator
  • 1 bottle of vinegar (food grade)
  • 1 small vial of
  • iron (II) chloride (FeCl2)
  • crushed calcite (CaCO3)
  • calcium chloride (CaCl2)
  • sand
  • 2 packets of powdered milk
  • 1 large vial of
  • soap powder
  • baking soda
  • 1 bottle of flour
  • 1 15-mL dropper bottle of red food coloring
  • 150 tasting cups
  • 1 box of flat toothpicks
  • 1 bag of
    • plastic spoons (50/pkg)
    • sugar packets (40/pkg)
    • salt packets (40/pkg)
  • 1 cm 3 25 cm-denim strips (20/pkg)
  • 2 tubes of
  • tomato paste (food grade)
  • plain toothpaste
  • 10 straws
  • 8 set of metric measuring spoons
  • 2 120-mL dropper bottles of dishwashing liquid
  • 2 60-mL dropper bottles of
  • 50% corn syrup solution
  • 75% glycerin
  • mineral oil
  • blue food coloring
  • simulated lemon juice
  • 1 set of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Materials required but not provided in equipment kit

  • class set of safety goggles
  • 16 SEPUP trays
  • 16 advertisements with a quantitative claim
  • 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)
  • 1 paper clip
  • 1 permanent marker
  • masking tape or labels (for labeling student projects)
  • 8 pieces of black paper
  • supply of white paper
  • supply of paper towels
  • clock with a second hand (or 16 stopwatches)
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 box of matches
  • 8 sets of colored markers
  • supply of newspaper (for covering desks)
  • refrigerator (for storing products from one day to the next)
  • supply of resealable plastic sandwich bags
  • supply of tarnished pennies
  • supply of butcher paper or poster board
  • access to water
  • 1 overhead projector
  • 1 television and VCR (optional)
  • 1 video camera(s), tripod, and tapes (optional)
  • access to computer and printer (optional)
Necessary for the Optional Demonstrations
  • 1 150-mL sample of sodium silicate solution
  • 1 handkerchief
  • 1 10-gram sample of CuCl2
  • 1 4 3 4-in. piece of aluminum foil
  • 1 3-g sample of sodium carbonate (NaCO3)
  • 1 3-g sample of calcium chloride (CaCl2)
  • 1 wrapped gift
  • 1 expanding sponge toy
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