Plastics & Polymers
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Turn Milk into Plastic! [E]
What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest? [E]
Make your own silly putty by varying the ratio of ingredients. [E]
Find out if polyester or nylon is stronger for the construction of hot air balloons [P]
Fleece, Cotton, or Wool: Which material keeps you warmer when it is wet and which material keeps you warmer when it is dry [E]
Make Glurch II and conduct tests to compare its properties to those of the commercial materials. [E]
Comparing the Impact Resistance of Various Plastic Materials Struck by a Projectile [P]
Comparison of tensile strength of garbage bags [P]
Which thickness of polyethylene plastic stretches the least? [P]
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
The Effect of Lignocellulosic Fibers in Enhancing the Formation & Tensile Strength of Rice Bioplastic [E]
Tensile Strength of Biobased Polymers (Bioplastics) [E]
Which Type of 3D Printed Plastic Is the Strongest? [E]
How Temperature Will Affect the Elasticity of Nylon Stockings [E]
Examined the usage of Bubble Wrap, Styrofoam peanuts and shredded paper as practical packaging materials. [E]
Can Cross Linked Polymers Help with California's Water Crisis [E]
Does Heat Help Polyethylene Glycol Dissolve? [E]
Demonstrate the polymer thermosetting process [E]
Which is more stronger: plexiglass or glass? [P]
Polymerization Concepts [E] [E]
Test and compare the bending strenth of three kinds of materials, carbon fiber, kevlar, and fiberglass. [E]
The Effects of Glass and Plastic Protective Covers on Paper Fading [E]
Polyester vs. Nylon: Which Material Is Best for Swimsuits? [E]
Which Plastic Kitchen Garbage Bag Holds the Most Weight? [P]
How Does Temperature Affect a Rubber Band's Elasticity? [E]
Tensile strength and water vapor transmission of plastic food bags [P]
Which type of string will stretch the most (nylon, polyester, etc.)? [E]
Determine the effect of temperature on the elasticity of a rubber band [P]
Why is Kevlar® so much stronger than other plastics? [E] [E]
Determining the Effectiveness of Polymers in Absorbing Hazardous Materials [E]
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Polystyrene and Its Effectiveness in Removing Calcium from Water [E]
Using Banana Peels in the Production of Bio-Plastic As A Replacement of the Traditional Petroleum Based Plastic [P] [P]
How Can Different Polymers Be Identified? [E]
Create composite materials comprised of porous silicon nanofilms infiltrated by various polymers. [E]
Synthesis and Characterization of a Self-Healing Polymer [E]
The Effects of Wetting Agents on the Thermosensitive Capillary Action of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Coated Glass Tubes [E]
The Effect of Time and Temperature on the Strength of a Seal on a Plastic Packaging Bag [E]
Examine The Effect of Carboxylesterases on Residual Monomers [E]
Test if the PVC plasticizer DEHP can be replaced by organic alternatives that do not significantly compromise plastic performance in the areas of dimension change, glass transition temperature, and extraction resistance. [P]
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