Ceramics, composites and polymers

The properties of modern materials can be linked to many exciting contexts - designing extraordinary buildings, medical advances and new technology. The list provides a range of activities, film clips, lesson ideas, background information, practical tips and suggested teaching strategies.

This topic provides a good opportunity to link up with the design and technology department in school and could even be developed into a collapsed curriculum day challenge.

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Whilst this list provides a source of information and ideas for experimental work, it is important to note that recommendations can date very quickly. Do NOT follow suggestions which conflict with current advice from CLEAPSS, SSERC or recent safety guides. eLibrary users are responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is consistent with current regulations related to health and safety and that they carry an appropriate risk assessment. Further information is provided in our Health and Safety guidance.