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What do chemists have in common with detectives? They have to look for distinct patterns in order to identify what they are observing. How can we see things that are microscopic, and why is that so important for scientists? We’ll use models to assemble a variety of simple molecules and then learn what glucose is, how it’s made, and how it can be broken down to give us energy.

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experience: Learning Labs
grade: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
NGSS: Life Science, LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms, Physical Science, PS1: Matter and Its Interactions, PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter, PS3: Energy, PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life, MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-4, MS-PS2-5, MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-2, MS-PS3-3, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS3-5