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Play-Doh STEM Challenge

Antheil Play-Doh STEM Challenge

Second grade students at Antheil Elementary have been taking part in a STEM activity observing the properties of Play-Doh. Students were given the task to develop a new recipe for the Play-Doh factory that would allow the Play-Doh to last out in the open for more than 10 hours without drying up. They researched dry and moist ingredients, identified the properties of those materials, and experimented with how they could combine to create a new state of matter with different properties. Prior to conducting the task, students learned to measure in cups and ounces, to measure the amount of a certain ingredient, as well as the relationship between both units of measurement. The majority of the class succeeded in making their own Play-Doh that lasted the 10 hour requirement/assessment.