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“Accidental Plastics”, Connected – Are you sure?, level 4, January 2013

26 January 2013

The first slide of "Accidental Plastics" on Goggle Slides

Safety glass, celluloid film, and Blu Tak are made from plastics that were discovered by accident. The plastics just happened to have properties that suited these technological outcomes. 

Read "Accidental Plastics" on Google Slides 

Find teacher support materials on Literacy Online: "Accidental Plastics"

Discussion starters

  • Technological products: Use this and other examples to describe the performance properties of a range of materials and use these to suggest things the materials could be used for (level 2), and describe the properties of materials used in particular products that can be measured objectively and that can be measured subjectively. (level 3)
  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to explain why particular technological outcomes have changed over time and describe examples of how technology has impacted on the social world over time. (level 3)


The photograph on the first slide of “Accidental Plastics” is © bptakoma from www.flickr.com/photos/bptakoma/3018905145/

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