Properties of Matter

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Properties of Matter STEM Case

The Secret Service has arrested suspects accused of counterfeiting coins from the year 1915 valued at $50,000 each. The students act as a forensic scientist to investigate the crime scene and evidence. Students learn about the properties of matter to recreate the methods used to make the coins as evidence for the trial.

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LevelDescriptionEstimated Time
Elementary School  This version is for elementary level classes. 25-35 min

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Elementary School  The Expanded Handbook covers atoms and the state changes of evaporating, condensing, freezing and melting, in addition to the concepts covered in the handbook section of the Elementary School Case. 15-20 min

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