Composite Materials: Designing Mud Bricks

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Composite Materials: Designing Mud Bricks

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In this activity, students learn what composite materials are and why they are used in many industries. Students put these ideas to work as they design and create their own bricks. After the bricks are made, students employ a variety of mechanical tests to evaluate their bricks.

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History and nature of science: 

K-4: Science as a human endeavor
5-8: History of science
5-8: Nature of science
5-8: Science as a human endeavor
9-12: Historical perspectives
9-12: Nature of scientific knowledge
9-12: Science as a human endeavor

Physical science: 

K-4: Properties of objects and materials
5-8: Motions and forces
5-8: Properties and changes of properties in matter
9-12: Motions and forces
9-12: Structure and properties of matter

Science and Technology: 

K-4: Abilities of technological design
K-4: Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans
5-8: Abilities of technological design
9-12: Abilities of technological design

Science as inquiry: 

K-4: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
K-4: Understanding about scientific inquiry
5-8: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
5-8: Understanding about scientific inquiry
9-12: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
9-12: Understanding about scientific inquiry

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