Introduce your students to the science of fibers with this easy testing kit. Each kit includes material for 10 students, or 10 teams of students, to participate. Includes 10 swatches each of acetate, acrylic, cotton, linen, polyester, rayon, silk, wool and a mystery swatch, each measuring 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Conduct a burn test, solubility test, stain resistance test, and wrinkle and heat resistance test using simple household tools and chemicals like bleach and acetone. Successful completion of the project will help develop skills of observation, analysis and reporting. After completing the test on each sample, they will test a mystery fabric to determine the fabric content. The kit includes ninety (90) 3 1/2" square fabric swatches, fabric mounting sheets, and instructions. Fabric colors may vary.
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