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Applying Science Concepts in CTE Classrooms

Science, math, English and core academics that students learn at their home districts are important pieces of career and technical education curriculum. A recent lesson in auto body and collision repair technology is a great example of that.

WEMOCO Teacher Dan Boyler worked with Science Instructional Specialist Stephen Thorndike to create a science lesson that integrated chemistry and English, along with problem-solving and critical thinking.

Students were presented with beakers of multiple solvents and were instructed to test the pH of each of them. After doing so, the students used those solvents to try and remove salt, coffee, pen and grease from various materials found in a car – carpet, floor mat, upholstery and vinyl.

Additionally, students tested different surfactants and emulsifiers to determine how well they chemically combine different chemicals with water.

To conclude the lesson on day two, students used English skills to make a claim regarding a solvent and defend that claim with the information they gathered from the experiment. 


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