Polymers in Everyday Life-Gelfand - Carnegie Mellon University

Identification and Awareness of Polymers

This activity is for elementary school children. Shown below are a number of common materials that contain polymers or are made from polymers. Ask the students to count how many of the following things made from polymers did they use today? This exercise demonstrates the importance of polymers as materials used to make many products that we use everyday.

Supplies:

 

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Tennis Shoes

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Clothes

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CDs/DVDs

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Computer

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Pens

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Balloons

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Soccer Ball

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Glasses

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Paint

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Lunch Box

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Chair

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Roller Blades

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Glue Stick

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Plastic Hanger

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Toothbrush

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Toys

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This activity is for middle and high school students. Shown below is a table listing common materials that contain polymers or are made from polymers. Have the students circle the ones they have used during the last week. This exercise demonstrates the importance of polymers as materials used to make many products that we use everyday.

Soccer shorts/shirt Toys Cool Whip®
Pudding/desserts/cake Flowerpot Astroturf®
Boots Velcro® Basketball
iPod® Panty hose Roller blades
Fishing rod Watch Credit card
Frozen foods Jelly/jam Dish pan
Stereo Thermos Tennis ball
Air freshener Artificial flowers Salad dressing
Bubble gum Tennis racquet Contact lenses
Wet suit Football pads Chair/table
Swim fins Frisbee® Paint
Shin guards Balloons Eye glasses
Raincoat/windbreaker Carpeting Teflon® cookware
Hair spray Sunscreen Snorkel
Nerf® ball Umbrella Disposable diapers
Telephone Straws Silly Putty®
Tape Fast food container Cosmetics
Nail polish Comb/brush SEGA®/Nintendo®
Lunch box Rubber bands Lawn chair
Gravy Super glue CDs
Computer Automobile Bicycle
Shoe strings Tennis shoes Plastic fork/spoon
Shampoo Insulated cups 2 liter soda bottle
Plastic bags Pen Scotch® tape