Four of the States of Matter

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Description

This kinesthetic science demonstration introduces learners to four states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. In this activity, learners take on the roles as human atoms to demonstrate the way matter behaves in different states as well as how the addition of energy transforms matter from one state to another. This is one of 5 activities associated with the NASA mission IBEX, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, which is making a map of the Solar System's boundary.

Quick Guide

Materials List (per group of students)

  • "negative charge" tags for half of learners (see template in PDF)
  • "positive charge" tags for half of learners (see template in PDF)
  • yarn
  • hole-punch
  • scissors
  • masking tape
  • room for people to move around
Subjects

Informal Category

  • Physical Activity

Subjects

  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Energy
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
Place and Time

Time

  • IBEX Mission Launch Date
  • Date: October 19, 2008
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
Other

Components that are part of this resource

Includes assessments for student learning:

By

IBEX, NASA

Rights

All Rights Reserved, NASA,

Funding sources

  • NASA

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