Science is a new way to teach middle
school science. It is an award-winning,
standards-based program in which
newsworthy events establish the relevance
of science topics; authentic tasks create
the need-to-know more about those topics;
and lively interviews, photographs, Web
pages, and inquiry-based science
activities create a desire to know more
about those topics.
allows students to explore basic chemistry
concepts in the context of an art forgery.
After students create a mask, they are
placed in the roles of laboratory
technicians to analyze the materials in
the mask. Science activities will allow
students to explore the physical and
chemical properties of the various
elements, compounds, and mixtures that are
used to decorate the masks. Students will
love discovering whether or not their
classmates' works are
As with all Event-Based
Science modules, much of the information that
students need is provided in the pages of
Fraud!. However, more information is needed.
Information about art and chemistry will add to the
authenticity of your study.
Below are some World-Wide Web
sites where additional information is available.
Click on the highlighted words and be linked with
In Part 1 of
the Science Activity called Rusty Elements,
students are asked to burn steel wool and describe
changes that occur. They then place some steel wool
in a humid environment and describe changes that
occur. The teacher's guide indicates that rust is
formed in both cases. This is not exactly
Burning is a
reaction between iron and oxygen that produces iron
oxide. Since this iron oxide is black and not the
red color of rust, it must be Iron(II) oxide (or
ferrous oxide, FeO) which is a black powder. Iron
(III) oxide (or ferric oxide
Fe2O3) is red and is produced
when iron rusts.
of Part I of the activity is to demonstrate that an
iron compound is formed by the reaction between
iron and oxygen. Also, that the compound is
different from the element iron.
Both of these
things are true, whether or not the compound is
formed by burning or rusting.
Worlds: The Universe WithinView the Milky Way at 10
million light years from the Earth. Then move through space
towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you
reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee,
Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a
leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls,
the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the
subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
Free software for Windows, Macs, Unix and VMS
which shows 3D images of molecules, especially
biological macromolecules such as proteins and
nucleic acids. A gallery of images is also
available at this site.
Chemistry Guide - a comprehensive collection of
annotated links for chemists and researchers involved in
organic, biochemical, computational, medicinal and/or
other chemistry research. We hope the links we have
provided here will help you to locate the information you
are looking for quickly and easily.