This collection of resources has been developed to support the teaching of smart materials. Each resource is inspired by space, providing information, experiments and discussion points for each of the smart materials and technologies.

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Smart materials: teacher notes

These teacher notes will guide you through the collection of resources created for space-inspired smart materials. Including:

Smart materials: introduction to smart materials

A smart material describes a material that senses and responds to an external stimulus or change in the environment, and where the change reverses when the stimulus or change is removed. This resource provides an introduction to the topic of smart materials, looking at the properties of different materials,...

Smart materials: phase change materials

A phase change material are substances that absorb or release energy when it changes its physical state, providing useful heating or cooling properties. Did you know that phase change materials were developed by NASA to keep astronauts comfortable in the extreme temperature fluctuations in space? This resource...

Smart materials: photochromic materials

This resource looks at photochromic materials, exploring how they are used and their impact on space inspired products. The slides provide discussion points, investigation ideas and suggestions of practical experiments and products that will allow students to get hands-on with photochromic technology.

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