Characteristics of Materials
Test Your Knowledge
- Architectural Structures
Learn about different kinds of homes built by Native Americans.
We need calcium for strong bones. But what does calcium have to do with seashells, chalk, and limestone?
The special structure of crystals helps make calculators, watches, and fiber optics work.
- Chemistry and Art
Chemistry plays a part in many kinds of art!
- Chemistry and Color
See how chemistry solves a colorful cartoon caper.
- Food Science
There’s chemistry in your kitchen. Learn about the nutrients in some of your favorite foods.
- Magnetism and Conductivity
Test your science knowledge by predicting which objects are magnetic, and allow electricity to flow through them.
Predict which household items are magnetic.
Compare different plants and learn which part of each plant is best for eating.
Explore how a special class of chemicals can be turned into many useful things.
- Science of Soda Pop
Learn the process by which soda-pop is made.
- Sink or Float
From hot air balloons to diet cola, learn why some objects sink while other objects float.
- Soap and Detergent
Learn what soap is and how it gets things clean.
- Stuff that Sticks
Find out how plants and animals produce substances that are sticky like glue.
- Surface Tension
Examine some pictures to see how water's attraction to itself can create natural works of art.