This collection of learning resources, made available by the STEM Guitar Project, are activities on adhesives. Topics covered include: the history of glue, types of glue, chemistry of adhesives, strengths of different glues, applications of adhesives in guitar construction, and more. 


This collection includes a document that features a collection of activities, an additional activity, an example timeline, and presentation slides. 

The document titled A Sticky Situation: A Suite of Lessons on Adhesives for the STEM Acoustic Guitar Grant is a collection of lessons containing "several adhesive-themed activities that may be used together or separately, and can be easily modified for a variety of grade levels." Lessons included in this document are:

  • Chemistry of Adhesives
  • Visualizing Viscosity of Glues
  • Strength That Sticks
  • Sticky Scenarios

In the activity The History of Glue: A Timeline Activity, students research the history of glue, explore different types of glue, and create a timeline related to key events. 

The presentation A Sticky Situation: Types of Adhesives with Applications to Acoustic Guitars provides background information on different types of adhesives and their application to acoustic guitar construction. 

Timeline: Sticking to History is a 2-page example timeline of the history of glue from 70,000 BC to 1947 AD.

For orientation purposes Sticking to History Timeline Activity.pdf is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material included with these resources. 

Below is a list of the files contained within the .zip attachments. The size of each file is included in parenthesis. 

Adhesives (5 files, 3.6 MB)

  • A Sticky Situation: Types of Adhesives with Applications to Acoustic Guitars (A Sticky Situation PPT.pptx 2.2 MB)
  • A Sticky Situation: A suite of lessons on adhesives for the STEM Acoustic Guitar Grant (A Sticky Situation STEM Guitar MLA .docx 172 KB)
  • The History of Glue: A Timeline Activity (Sticking to History Timeline Activity.docx 134 KB)
  • Timeline: Sticking to History (Sticking to History.pdf 669 KB)
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