Physical Science

Unit 5: Diversity of Matter

Use for a new material


Materials are used in every aspect of life, and scientists actively work on making new materials and improving the materials we already use.


For this project, imagine you are part of a research team. Your team is working on a new material and wants to gain continued support for this research.


Working in groups of 2 or 3, select an area of material science to investigate. You may focus on biomedical, chemical, electronic, or structural materials. Learn about current research in this area. Is there a specific need that scientists are trying to meet? Is there a new material being developed that may be used in many areas of life? Choose an actual new material or imagine one of your own – but be sure you can describe its properties. As a group, come up with a persuasive argument in favor of your team's research. Be sure to acknowledge challenges or obstacles that may exist. You may wish to role play this team meeting as a class demonstration.


What is Materials Science?

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials in Everyday Life

Current Topics in Material Science

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