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Curious about chemistry? Learn about the fascinating world of polymers and how much of an impact they have on our daily lives, for instance, with our own DNA! Use inquiry-based learning during live science experiments that will highlight the differences between hydrophobic (water-fearing) and hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules.

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About This Program


By Request: $140.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural and Natural History

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About This Provider

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Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural and Natural History

Mt. Pleasant , Michigan
United States

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History strives to provide educational opportunities that inspire curiosity, imagination, and memory. Our goal is to promote sustainable relationships between peoples and their environments by encouraging respect for cultural and natural diversity. Through our distance learning programs, we look to encourage a spirit of inquiry through interactive demonstrations that help spark thoughtful discussion and further exploration!

Rebecca Petrone

Program Details


1. Introduction
2. What is chemistry? What are polymers?
3. Discussion of natural polymers and synthetic polymers (polymers we use everyday).
4. Live science experiment exploring hydrophobic and hydrophilic polymers.
5. Q&A


The participant will:
-gain a basic understanding of what a polymer is
-explore various examples of synthetic polymers and natural polymers
-utilize inquiry methods to examine the differences between hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymers

Standards Alignment

National Standards

5-PS1-1 Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
MS-PS1-1 Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
MS-PS1-3 Gather and make sense of information to describe the synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.