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Perfect Pearl, The

Viewing Ideas


Before Watching

  1. Collect some bivalve shells, such as oysters, clams, or mussels, and a fake pearl. Using hand lenses, have students investigate the nacre, or mother-of-pearl lining, from which pearls are made. Compare the colors of the nacre inside different shells. Compare the nacre to fake pearls. How does it differ? Put a bit of vinegar on both the nacre and the fake pearl. What happens? (The nacre, which is calcium carbonate, will bubble. The fake pearl will have no reaction to the vinegar.)

After Watching

  1. Have students identify the ways in which science, technology, and society intersected in this program.

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