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ACTIVITY in Electricity, Polymers, Molecular Structure, Heat, Temperature, Molecular Geometry, Electronegativity. Last updated January 29, 2024.


In this activity, students will watch a video and answer related questions about the fascinating and innovative scientific advancements of paint. During the video, Students will learn how the molecular components in paint are helping to evolve in the world around them.

Grade Level

High School and Middle School


By the end of this activity, students should be able to

  • Provide examples of potential uses for paint in the future.
  • Explain how the paint used for markings on roadways is unique in its chemical composition.
  • Describe how the composition of paint can change its usability, making it valuable for specific functions.

Chemistry Topics

This activity supports students’ understanding of

  • Molecular Structure
  • Molecular Geometry
  • Polymers
  • Heat
  • Temperature


Teacher Preparation: minimal

Lesson: 10 minutes



  • No specific safety precautions need to be observed for this activity.

Teacher Notes

  • The video, The Future of Paint was developed as a part of the 2017 AACT-PPG, Chemistry of Color content writing team project, sponsored by PPG Industries. The entire video series can be found here.
  • Additionally, 17 lesson plans related to the Chemistry of Color theme were developed by the content writing participants. You can learn even more about this project by reading an article from the September 2017 issue of Chemistry Solutions, written by the lead teacher involved in this project.
  • The running time of this video is approximately 4 minutes.
  • This video is intended for students to watch, and for teachers to integrate into their curriculum.
  • The student questions/answers are presented in sequential order in the video.
  • An answer key has also been provided for teacher reference.
  • Videos can be shown with the use of a classroom projector, or teachers can generate a Student Pass through their AACT membership to allow students to independently access the video.

For the Student



While watching the video, Future of Paint to answer the following questions:

  1. The video mentions “futuristic paints”, which function in more ways than their traditional purpose. List some functions of these specific paints:
  2. What is an example of an “exotic” paint that we see every day?
  3. The paint used in question 2 can be categorized as what type of paint: Water-based, oil-based or acrylic-based?
  4. What is the purpose of combining an apoxy and an amine in a paint?
  5. The Department of Transportation add a component to the paint used on roads. What do they add and why is it helpful?
  6. What specific element is added to paint in order to make it able to conduct electricity?
  7. What is the purpose of Anti-Graffiti Paint?
  8. What two elements bond in order for Anti-Graffiti Paint to work properly?
  9. A Glass Paint that looks like a glass coating could be used on buildings in the future. What is the unique component in this type of paint?
  10. What are some potential benefits of glass paint?