Patterns Everywhere

As we finish up the unit on polymers there are two important points to remember.

  • Polymers are a result of long chains of patterns.
  • Polymers consist of two states of matter (solid, liquid, gas, or plasma).

The students have discovered that the patterns are all around the classroom. They are not limited to beads or shapes or even colors.

pattern

Understanding how this is important to polymers may be a concept they do not totally grasp, but exposure to the science will be helpful later in life.  Allowing them to explore with color and light will give their minds two more ways to remember the experience.

polymer

At the Light Table are bottles with flower beads that we watched grow.  Food coloring was added to the water to see if the beads would change (drain the water and seal lids with tape).  Translucent papers reflect even more colors and we recorded what the students observed.