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Chemistry & Materials Classroom Resources

This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students' families.

Understanding NSF Research: Chemistry
Resource: All Audiences
From the foods we eat to the fragrances we smell, chemistry plays a key role in nearly every aspect of life. For instance, soaps, building materials, adhesives, vitamins and pharmaceuticals all rely on chemistry. Plastics and polymers revolutionized the world and now researchers are discovering ways to make these materials more earth-friendly.

Chemistry Now
Resource: Educators, Students (middle-high school), General Public
This website hosts a video series exploring the chemistry of common objects in our world and the changes they undergo. NBC Learn, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and NSF joined forces to create the series in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry. To delve deeper into the world of chemistry, there are: additional videos, including current and archival news stories related to chemistry, and lesson plans from NSTA for middle- and high-school students.

WWW Chemistry Guide
Resource: Educator and Information Research (high school and above)
A collection of more than 250 links aimed primarily at chemists and researchers but also useful to teachers, organized by categories. The sites are reviewed by a team of editors for excellence and those sites offering the best information, resources, design and navigation are included.

Resource: Students (middle-high school)
Rader's Chem4Kids is a website for students learning the basics of chemistry. The site provides explanations, activities and other resources to aid students (and everyone) who wants to understand matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reachtions, biochemistry and more.


Chemistry Now: Chance Discoveries: Graphene

Profiles of Scientists and Engineers: Materials engineer

Polymers -- Chalk Talk

Material mimics real bone to repair injuries faster--Biotech's Future

See more videos related to Chemistry & Materials in the NSF Multimedia Gallery