Lab Research to Engineer a Phosphorescent Bioplastic

Type of Resource



Students gain first-hand experience with the steps of the scientific method as well as the overarching engineering design process as they conduct lab research with the aim to create a bioplastic with certain properties. Students learn about the light mechanism that causes ultraviolet bead color change, observe the effect of different light waves on a phosphorescence powder, and see the connection between florescence, phosphorescence and wavelength. Students compose hypotheses and determine exper

Performance Expectations

MS-PS4-2   Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

MS-ETS1-2   Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.