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In this hands-on, inquiry-based chemistry lesson plan, students create the raw material for cement out of seawater and car exhaust, mimicking a physiological process used by corals that is inspiring more sustainable concrete manufacturing in the real world. The lab is safe, has been aligned with standards from AAAS's Benchmarks for Science Literacy, can be conducted within one-to-two 50 minute periods without specialized scientific knowledge or equipment, and uses inexpensive, readily available materials.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of -0001-11-30.
What a great lab to inspire kids to learn more about nature-inspired chemistry!