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Science: Water Absorbing Polymers

These sites introduce students to water absorbing polymers. Learn how they work, what substances they absorb, how much liquid can be absorbed, and how they are relevant in our daily lives. Includes experiments, videos and resources for obtaining the materials needed for completing these experiments in the classroom.

Grades

  • 1,
  • 2

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Explore the history of superabsorbent polymers, how it is currently being made, and its uses. NOTE: This text may be too advanced for younger students, but background information for teachers.
Watch as a magician pours milk into an apparently empty glass. When he turns the glass upside dow, nothing pours out. He uses a super absorbent polymer to pull off his trick.
This seven-page PDF provides you with the step-by-step instructions for doing The Disappearing Milk Trick with your students.
This seven-page PDF instructs you on how to set up a diaper dissection experiment for students to observe.
This experiment introduces students to water absorbing polymers by having them explore what makes diapers work. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Learn through this experiment how and why water jelly crystals (superabsorbent polymers) are becoming so important to parts of the world that are plagued by drought. NOTE: This site includes ads.
View this video to see how water jelly crystals are used for water conservation. (Total Running Time: 3:29) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
Use a super absorbent polymer called a hydrogel to learn about how to clean up an oil spill. NOTE: This site has a link to a guestbook. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Watch this video of the Weird Science Kids oil spill cleanup experiment. (Total Running Time: 1:06) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
Teach your students about polymer materials and scientific principles with grow-in-the-water toys. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
Create your own polymer in the classroom and see what happens when it is stretched, rolling into a ball and bounced, an object is rolled on it, and more.
This video shows what happens when you combine water with a superabsorbent polymer. (Total Running Time 0:58) NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
Online site that sells polymer kits such as "Insta Snow."
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