Sugar Crystal Challenge

This Sugar Crystal Challenge lesson plan also includes:

Be sure to use this sweet resource. Scholars perform an experiment using sugar to investigate how surface area relates to the coarseness of sugar. They consider how this concept connects to nanotechnology.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils keep a science journal on how the sugar solution changes over time
Classroom Considerations

  • Observation of the sugar solution needs to occur every day over the course of four to seven days
  • It is helpful if learners have basic physics/chemistry knowledge regarding atomic structure and crystals

  • Clear directions for experiment
  • Includes list of recommended reading and websites for further information

  • Incorrect surface area formula for rectangular prisms