Futuristic Fibers

The textile industry is making carpeting from plastic bottles and protective gear from high strength polymers. STEM practices allow North Carolina’s traditional textile industry to create new fibers to meet high tech demands.

NGSS Performance Expectation: Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.

NC Essential Science Standards (Grades 9-12): Physical Science — Compare physical and chemical properties of various types of matter.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the chemical bonds used in polyester polymers: ionic, metallic, or covalent?
  2. List five modern products that can be created from PET. 
  3. How do you turn a thin fiber into a fluffy texture?


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