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Material Properties

In this online activity, learners investigate the material properties of wood, metal, plastic, glass, and wool. Learners investigate the strength, flexibility, transparency of these materials to determine which materials work best for different parts of a space shuttle. Use this activity to talk about how some materials are better for certain applications, depending on the requirements.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • Computer with internet connection


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
    • Light and Optics
      • Reflection and Refraction
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Mass and Weight

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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