All Fats Are Not Created Equal

Apply robotics to connect physical properties to chemical properties. Future engineers use robots to determine the melting points of various fats and oils. The robots can do this by measuring the translucency of the fats as they heat up.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with a biology teacher or chemistry teacher for the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires nine samples of fats/oils, as well as some prior preparation
  • Be sure learners are versed in lab procedures, especially regarding Bunsen burners
Pros

  • Lists safety issues and troubleshooting tips
  • Includes an assortment of worksheets in both Word and PDF forms
Cons

  • Activity cannot be done as written without specific robotics kit, temperature sensor, and software
Common Core

NGSS