Lending Library of Experiments

The CCMR Educational Programs Lending Library is a resource for teachers interested in teaching science in grades K-12. The Lending Library offers lesson plans and student activity sheets for a wide variety of science topics which can be downloaded in PDF format. Kits, which contain the materials necessary for the activities are also available upon request.
We only ship 1 kit at a time. Kits need to be requested 2 weeks prior to shipment date.

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Lesson Plan
and Kit
ObjectiveGrade
Levels
Subject
AirboatsUse airboats to understand Newton's Laws of Motion. 6-8
3-5
Physics
Boat BuildingStudents will explore materials and use knowledge of their properties to engineer their own boat design. 6-8
9-12
K-2
General Science
Bridge BuildingDesign, build and test a bridge made of drinking straws and tape. 9-12
Physics
Engineering
CatapultBuild and optimize a catapult while learning basic principles of physics and the scientific process. 6-8
9-12
Physics
Engineering
Chemical ReactionsStudents will learn the principles of chemical reactions by mixing and observing chemicals. 3-5
Chemistry
ClassificationLearn how to use some of the tools of classification in order to more easily understand the relationships between groups of objects. 6-8
3-5
Earth Science
General Science
Composite MaterialsUnderstand what a composite material is and what they are useful for. 6-8
9-12
Materials Science
Crystal RadioStudents will learn about how a radio works and use the special materials needed to build their own. 6-8
Engineering
Physics
Density: Density of LiquidsCompare liquids of different densities quantitatively and qualitatively. 6-8
Physics
DiffractionLearn about principles of light and light waves. Discover how diffraction and interference of light waves can be used to measure. 9-12
Physics
Discovering EnzymesStudents will learn about the properties of proteins by demonstrating their breakdown with hydrogen peroxide. 6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Drop TubeStudents will gain experience with the scientific method through accurate data collection, graphing, and making predictions. 3-5
The Scientific Process
Edible GlassStudents will examine the properties of molecules and heat by creating edible glass (hard candy). 6-8
9-12
Chemistry
ElectromagnetsStudents will understand what an electromagnet is and how it works. 9-12
Physics
ElectroplatingStudents will learn the principles of electroplating by coating a penny with zinc, and coating a nickel with copper. 6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Energy ConversionUnderstand how combustion works and the difference between combustion and electrochemical conversion. 6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Energy DetectivesStudents learn that energy is found in several forms and is always present.  It cannot be created or destroyed, just change forms, which is important in everyday life. 3-5
6-8
General Science
Forensics: Case of the Missing Diamond MakerStudents learn about techniques of forensic science including: fingerprint identification, chromatography, and chemistry. 6-8
Chemistry
FrictionLearn about the properties and types of friction and how it affects students’ lives. 6-8
9-12
3-5
Physics
Fuel CellIntroduce the chemistry involved in fuel cell technology by building a simple fuel cell. 9-12
Chemistry
Fuel Cell GameBuild on students' early understanding of oxidation/reduction reactions and electrochemistry.  Illustrate how electrons are captured from the chemical reaction in the fuel cell. 9-12
Chemistry
Fun with PhasesStudents will learn the principles of phase separation and partition of solutes between phases. 6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Grocery BagStudents will understand how the structure of a polymer can affect its mechanical properties. 6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Ice CreamStudents will make their own ice cream using liquid nitrogen and learn about the freezing points of certain liquids and chemicals. 6-8
9-12
K-2
3-5
Chemistry
Isotope RummyStudents will learn what an isotope is and how their real-world applications make them useful to scientists. 9-12
Chemistry
Magnetic Mad LibsLearn how hard drives work; review basic principles of magnetism and understand how digital electronics store information in binary.  6-8
Physics
Marvelous MagnetsExplore which materials are attracted to magnets, the magnetic field, and what affects magnet strength. K-2
K-2
Physics
Paper AirplanesStudents will design and test a paper airplane as part of an engineering experience. 6-8
9-12
Engineering
Polymers: Plastics Make it PossibleMake Shrinky Dinks and complete a chemical reaction to create nylon. 6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Materials Science
Polymers: Silly PuttyStudents will be introduced to polymers, their structure, and some of their properties by making silly putty. 6-8
K-2
3-5
Chemistry
Potato PowerBuild a voltaic cell using a potato to power a small device. 6-8
9-12
Chemistry
Rocks and MineralsLearn about simple observable characteristics/properties (color, streak, hardness) used to identify rocks and minerals. 6-8
9-12
Earth Science
General Science
Roller BallLearn about potential and kinetic energy, as well as slope and how it affects the distance a ball will roll. 3-5
Physics
Rube Goldberg MachineStudents learn about the Law of Conservation of Energy. 6-8
Physics
The Science of SnowflakesStudents will learn about states of matter while classifying snowflakes by shape and structure. 6-8
Earth Science
Vitamin CDetermine how much vitamin C is in various juices using the process of titration. 9-12
6-8
Chemistry
What is Rust?Students will understand rust as a chemical reaction and be able to explain why certain metals rust differently. 6-8
9-12
Chemistry