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Paper making: a craft and a chemical engineering major


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Paper making: a craft and a chemical engineering major

In this activity, learners explore the question "What is paper?" Learners discover the processes and materials required to make paper while experimenting with different recycled fibers and tools.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • a mold
  • deckle
  • vat
  • cloth squares or felt squares
  • newspaper (lots)
  • a dedicated blender
  • a water source
  • sponges
  • a strainer

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
    • Technology
      • Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Koivisto, Ellen

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium,

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