Resilience Curriculum Connection – Science
Just like in the human spirit, Material Science also deals in resilience. It is defined as the ability of a material to absorb energy when it is deformed elastically and release that energy upon unloading. Proof resilience is the maximum amount of energy that can be absorbed without creating a permanent distortion. This deals with the ability of a material to be flexible enough to absorb a shock and then return to its normal shape. Think about an inflated basketball or a water balloon. You can squeeze them (apply pressure) and when it is released it will bounce back to its original size. Human resiliency is similar in that we can return to normal but hopefully there is a lesson or skill that is learned along the way.
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