Fifth Grade Materials Science Science Projects (3 results)

Materials science is a fascinating area of research that is often at the cutting edge of science and engineering. It involves both developing new materials and improving on existing ones, and has important applications both for improving daily life and for advancing other fields of research. You can try your hand at making and testing all kinds of substances from plastic to slime with our collection of materials science projects.

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There are currently two different kinds of polymers used for kitchen plastic wrap: low density polyethylene (LDPE) (e.g. Saran or Glad Wrap) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (e.g. Reynolds PVC Foodservice Wrap or Boardwalk PVC Food Wrap Film). Which of these materials is less permeable to oxygen? When you slice an apple, the surface of the slice turns brown as the apple is oxidized. Can plastic wrap seal out oxygen and prevent the apple from browning? Which plastic wrap works best? Do… Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
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Material Availability The two types of plastic wraps may need to be specially ordered. Various PVC wraps are available through Amazon.com. A selection of LDPE wraps are also available through Amazon.com.
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How effective are different sunscreen products at blocking harmful UV radiation from sunlight? This project shows you how to use a UV detector to find out. Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability Specialty items
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Protect yourself from sunburn while you make the measurements for this project.
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Here's a practical engineering challenge: you need to build an enclosure for your dogs, using material that they can't chew through. It's going to be a lot of work to build, so you want to do it right. What material should you choose for the fencing? This project uses the scientific method to evaluate materials. Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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