What if Cracks in Concrete Could Fix Themselves?

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Concrete, heal thyself! A fascinating video describes the self-healing properties of concrete, known as autonomous healing. Pupils also learn about ways that engineers try to make concrete more resistant to cracks, such as by adding adhesive-filled fibers or by incorporating spores that help promote autonomous healing.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Invite a materials engineer to give a presentation on concrete
  • Have the class research different ways that engineers create durable materials
Classroom Considerations

  • Some basic understanding of chemistry is helpful

  • Provides a prompt for class or group discussion
  • Graphics help hold viewer interest

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