Sustainable Polymers: New 4-H STEM Curricula

Steven Worker, Jennifer McCambridge, Anne M Stevenson, Jane Fields, Alexa Maille, Cheryl Meehan, Amie Mondl, Charles Malone, Martin H. Smith

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There are many environmental issues surrounding the global production and use of plastics. Three science curricula (Grades K–2, 3–5, and 6–8) were developed to introduce youth to the past, present, and future of plastics. Designed using research-based methods and grounded in effective science pedagogy, the curricula provide young people opportunities to explore viable alternatives to plastics and develop knowledge and skills necessary to help mitigate environmental impacts associated with the production, use and disposal of plastics. Evaluation results demonstrated that youth improved their understanding of polymers and intention to help reduce impacts of plastics on the environment

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

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We extend our appreciation to the contributors and reviewers to the Sustainable Polymers curricula. This resulted from a partnership between the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers, University of Minnesota Extension, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, and SciGirls. This work was supported by the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers, an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation (CHE-1901635).

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