Plastics: Love them or Hate Them?

Plastic is a man-made material that has become integral in our lives. Developed in the 1860’s out of fear of the extinction of animals such as elephants and turtles, and thus the loss of ivory and shells, plastics provided a replacement in the production of combs and billiard balls. Now, we can hardly do anything in our day in which plastic is not involved. Lately though, plastics have found their way onto the sides of our roads, in large patches of the ocean, in animals that they were meant to save, and possibly leech toxins into our bodies and the environment. Yet, plastic production companies produce research that may say otherwise. With the help of the Education Foundation grant funds, a retired polymer chemist and an environmental education outreach program (Shore Rivers), 7th Grade Gifted & Talented students will have the opportunity to investigate plastics. They will discover the chemistry behind and the uses of plastics that have bettered our lives and that have possibly been misused. By the end, the students will have to decide if we should love plastics . . . or should we hate them.

Plastics: Love Them or Hate Them?

Plastic is a man-made material that has become integral in our lives. Developed in the 1860’s out of fear of the extinction of animals such as elephants and turtles, and thus the loss of ivory and shells, plastics provided a replacement in the production of combs and billiard balls. Now, we can hardly do anything in our day in which plastic is not involved. Lately though, plastics have found their way onto the sides of our roads, in large patches of the ocean, in animals that they were meant to save, and possibly leech toxins into our bodies and the environment. Yet, plastic production companies produce research that may say otherwise. With the help of the Education Foundation grant funds, a retired polymer chemist and an environmental education outreach program (Shore Rivers), 7th Grade Gifted & Talented students will have the opportunity to investigate plastics. They will discover the chemistry behind and the uses of plastics that have bettered our lives and that have possibly been misused. By the end, the students will have to decide if we should love plastics . . . or should we hate them.

37% funded! $2,356 needed

Fund This Grant!

School:  Easton Middle and St. Michaels Middle
Teacher:  Colin Stebbins
Amount: $3,731
Students Impacted: 70 per year

Budget:
Flashforge Adventurer 3 D Printers (4) $1,596
Chemistry Molecule Model Kits (5) $175
Filaments for 3D Printers (15) $510
Materials $625
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story (Hardcover Book) $25
Student Driven Engineering/Presentation/Research Materials $800