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Photo: a small crane lifting large fiberglass planks into place on a bridge.
Repairing a bridge with lightweight, corrosion-resistant polymer panels. Photo: National Science Foundation Website.

Chemistry for Life
Users can visit the Virtual Gallery and do experiments online. "Eight Global Messages of Chemistry" are available for viewing as QuickTime movies.
URL: - Educators and Students
Sponsored by the American Chemical Society. The site includes feature articles, resources for grades K-College, and links to other American Chemical Society educational sites.

Faces in the Molecular Sciences - Faces in Polymers
A Chemical Heritage Foundation site, sections include Readings, Hands-on Activities, Challenge Activities, and Tutorials.

Hands on Plastics Jr.
Includes interactive educational games and activities on plastics and polymers and some suggested activities for parents and teachers.

The Macrogalleria - A Cyberwonderland of Polymer Fun
Five interactive "levels" that are arranged like a shopping mall. Level One is Polymers are Everywhere, a guide to how polymers are used in everyday life. Level Two, Polymers Up Close and Personal, allows the user to click on names of individual polymers or polymer groups and get specifics. Level Three, How They Work, " ... will tell you something about how polymers behave, what they do, why they are like they are. Level Four, Makin' Polymers, deals with the synthesis of polymers. Level Five, Getting Polymers to Talk, has information on polymer characterization. Also includes pages on specific topics such as Coatings and Optical Fibers, and a Demonstrations and Experiments in Polymer Science Page.

This Ask-A-Scientist service also includes The Edible/Inedible Experiment Archive and the MadSci Library with links to additional internet resources.

Materials Science and Technology Teachers Workshop - Polymers Module
Includes a basic overview of polymers, an historical timeline, activities, and resources.

Polyed: The National Information Center for Polymer Education
Includes polymer teaching rescues for grades K-College.

Polymer Ambassadors
A team of sixteen individuals who " ... design laboratories, practice demonstrations, organize workshops, and develop written materials that will promote polymer education." Polymer activities and links to other polymer websites are included.

Science Fair Project Index
Created by the Science and Technology Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, this is an index of science fair projects in all areas of science. The database is searchable by subject, experiment title, grade level, and bibliographic information

Teaching and Hands on Plastics
Sponsored by the American Plastics Council, these sites have polymer resources for teachers and students in grades K-12. "In addition to the classroom activities, these sites contain background materials and an extensive topic-basic link area that provides information on subjects including the history of plastics, recycling, resource conservation, food safety and sports."
Hands on Plastics:

WonderNet: Your Science Place in Cyberspace
"The activities described in WonderNet are intended for elementary school children under the direct supervision of adults." Sponsored by the American Chemical Society, some activities are Chemistry and Art, Polymers, and Stuff That Sticks!

Compiled by Denise P. Dempsey
March 2003

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