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Science in My Life Teacher Sheet

Science in My Life Teacher Sheet

Introduction

Help your students explore how science impacts their lives by engaging in a discussion with them in the Motivation section. You can use the examples on this sheet to help you guide the discussion.


Ask your students to provide examples of how science has played a role in their daily lives. In case your class is having a hard time coming up with ideas, we’ve given you some examples in the following categories: school, home, health, and recreation.

School

  • School bus (engineering and physics to make the parts of the engine work; chemistry to make the parts of the bus; engineering to develop and test safety standards to make sure the bus is safe to ride in, design traffic flow, and build roads)
  • Electricity (physics for wiring; chemistry/earth science/engineering to harness power)
  • Computers (computer science to make programs; engineering to build machines; chemistry to make the parts of the computer: plastic and metal alloys; earth science for finding metals)
  • Refrigeration for school lunches (physics to cool the interior of the refrigerator; chemistry for coolant and parts of refrigerator; engineering to build refrigerator)

Home

  • Kitchen appliances (physics for wiring; chemistry/earth science/engineering for electricity)
  • Lighting (physics for wiring; chemistry/earth science/engineering for electricity)
  • TV (physics for wiring, broadcasting; chemistry/earth science/engineering for electricity)
  • Stereo system (physics for audio/wiring; chemistry/earth science/engineering for electricity)
  • Air conditioning (physics to cool the air; chemistry/earth science/engineering for electricity)
  • Heat (physics to compress the air to heat it; chemistry/earth science/engineering for electricity)
  • Food (physics for refrigeration; biology/botany/agriculture for farming; chemistry for Oreos; industrial design to create food packaging)
  • Furniture/Flooring (chemistry for upholstery/stain on wood floor; engineering for design of furniture)

Health

  • Glasses (biology for how your eye works; physics to recreate and correct the optics of your eye)
  • Insulin and other medicines (biology for how your body processes replacement hormones; chemistry to make the drugs)
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) (biology to care for small/young/ill babies; technology to create programs to run all the machines; engineering to create the medical equipment necessary for small/young babies)
  • Toothpaste (chemistry to neutralize the acids in the mouth)
  • Braces (biology to rebuild the jawbone after your teeth move; physics to shift your teeth; material science to create the material the braces are made of)
  • Cast for broken arm/leg (biology to encourage the bone to mend; chemistry to create the composites the cast is made of)
  • Hand soap (chemistry to combine fatty acids and alkali; biology to remove germs and dirt)
  • Bandages (biology for wound healing; chemistry; materials science to create materials that adhere to skin but not wounds, stay on but are flexible)

Recreation or hobbies:

  • Football helmet (physics to minimize the force of the impact to the brain; biology to understand how brains work)
  • The internet (technology to create hardware, satellites, and other equipment; physics to create cables that can transmit information quickly; chemistry/earth science/engineering for electricity; computer science to create programs and software)
  • Special effects in movies (computer science to create programs that fill in details; chemistry to create substances that look like blood; physics to create sounds)
  • Beauty products (chemistry to make the substances; biology to understand how they'll interact with the body)
  • Video games (computer science to create software; chemistry/earth science/engineering for electricity)
  • Art supplies (chemistry to mix pigments in paint and crayons)
  • Musical instruments (physics for how sound waves travel; earth science to mine metal; biology for how we hear music)
This teacher sheet is a part of the Science in My Life lesson.

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