The instructor introduces a product with unique properties called Magic Sand. Students explore its properties in a hands-on activity. They learn why it was initially developed and they learn about some of its practical applications.
Students should have an introductory knowledge of nanotechnology that can be provided by Kits 1 and 2.
Approximately 25-30 minutes
Middle or high school students
- Students will explore and understand the properties of Magic Sand. They will know why it was first developed amd they will know some practical uses of Magic Sand.
National Science Education Standards
- Content Standard A: Understandings about Scientific Inquiry.
- Content Standard B: Properties and Changes of Properties in Matter.
- Content Standard E: Understandings about Science and Technology.
Illinois State Learning Standards:
- 11.A.3b. Conduct scientific experiments that control all but one variable.
- 12.C.5b. Analyze the properties of materials (e.g., mass, boiling point, melting point, hardness) in relation to their physical and/or chemical properties.
- 13.B.5b. Analyze and describe the processes and effects of scientific and technological breakthroughs.
- 1 pound of Magic Sand
- 1 pound of regular sand
- 60 tiny plastic cups
- 60 plastic drinking cups
- 30 paper plates
- 60 plastic spoons
- 30 plastic knives
- 30 plastic yellow dispensers
- 1 sieve
- 1 Tupperware container
- 1 coffee filter
- "Magic Sand" Activity Guide
- PowerPoint presentation on CD
- overhead transparencies of PowerPoint slides
- 1 evaluation
- 30 assessments
- LCD or overhead projector
- tap water