Up in Arms Over Conflict Material

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    This lesson was created by: Name: Gary G. Abud, Jr. Title: 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year, High School Chemistry & Physics Teacher School/Organization: Grosse Pointe North High School Location: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, U.S.A.


    This lesson plan describes a project-based learning unit for high school science students dealing with conflict minerals.

    Students will:

    1. Know what common materials, including conflict materials, make up consumer electronics and where they come from
    2. Understand the implications of conflict materials in consumer electronics and possible ways to resolve the issues surrounding conflict materials
    3. Be able to create a multimedia presentation that communicates the problem of, and possible solutions to, conflict materials in the modern world

    Created by Gary Abud Jr.

    Students investigate where commonplace items come from and what minerals, including any conflict minerals, are involved in making them