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Living with Plastics

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Living with Plastics is a SEPUP module designed for use in grades 7–12. The module contains a series of 8 activities that provide approximately 3 weeks of instruction.

Kit Contents

Materials in Living with Plastics equipment kit:

  • 8 sets of 24 Material Data Cards
  • 1 bottle of acetone
  • 32 30-mL graduated cups
  • 24 vials with caps
  • 16 plastic spoons
  • 16 9-oz. plastic cups
  • 8 droppers
  • 8 pairs of forceps
  • 8 60-mL wide-mouthed bottles
  • 8 15-mL bottles of denatured alcohol (ethanol)
  • 8 30-mL dropper bottles of water
  • 8 180-mL bottles of 4% polyvinyl alcohol solution
  • 8 30-mL bottles of 4% sodium borate solution
  • 8 7-mL bottles of blue food coloring
  • 45 plastic strips and 45 plastic squares each of:
  • polypropylene (blue)
  • polyvinyl chloride (green)
  • high density polyethylene (red)
  • polystyrene (yellow)
  • 10 plastic strips and 10 plastic squares each of:
    • polypropylene (clear)
    • polyvinyl chloride (orange)
    • high density polyethylene (black)
    • polystyrene (white)
  • 80 2 inch x 2 inch squares of:
  • brown paper
  • cotton fabric
  • low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
  • polyester fabric
  • 500 silver paper clips
  • 100 colored paper clips
  • 50 packets of table salt

 

Materials required but not provided in equipment kit:

  • 1 glass container (beaker, petri dish, or jar)
  • 1 heat lamp, hairdryer, or other heat source
  • 1 metal ring stand and clamp (or similar set-up)
  • 2 wood strips or glass slides
  • 8 large containers
  • 8 ball point pens
  • 8 balances
  • 8 cotton grocery (or tote) bags
  • 16 plastic grocery bags
  • 16 paper grocery bags
  • 1 overhead projector
  • 16 pairs of safety goggles
  • access to water
  • paper towels
  • 1 pair of heavy-duty scissors (optional)
  • additional plastic strips from local plastic container (optional)
  • resealable plastic bags or film canisters (optional)
  • graph paper (optional)
  • rulers (optional)

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