This unit is focused on the reactions and chemical and physical properties of polymers and polymeric substances; teaching is based on IBSE - Inquire Based Science Education, which is a core concept of ESTABLISH project.

In particular, in this unit pupils/students will study various polymers, their physical and chemical properties and then, on the basis of acquired experience, they will estimate their practical and industrial exploitation and they will seek their both existing and possible applications. They will think of polymers occurring in their surroundings, reasons for application of the given polymer (why PVC was used for the particular toy), further they will analyse them by several tests (flame test, polymer density, etc.) and propose the applications of polymers.

Student level: 
Lower grades of grammar schools, secondary vocational schools – 14 -16 (18) years
Estimated duration: 
3-4 teaching hours, 125-170 minutes