Few science curricula explore the concept of characterization and the development of scientific tools. During Probing the Unknown, students solve a design problem that promotes critical thinking, using probes in order to characterize an unknown world. The concept of probing is modeled after the use of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) technology.

Students will:
• Apply scientific knowledge of determining properties using past experience and new ones learned in the classroom.
• Characterize matter - describe the relationship between properties and structure.

This project received funding from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

Limited grant funds are available to qualifying schools. Please call for details.

This program supports the Colorado Model Content Standards for Science: 1, 2.1, 5, 6


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