2018 IPG Grant – Plastivan® Call for Volunteers

(posted on Sunday, October 21, 2018)

Akron Section Brings SPE’s PlastiVan® to Early Grades

 SPE’s PlastiVan® is an exciting way to teach high school and middle school students about polymer science and about how chemistry affects their lives. Can we teach younger students who don’t know about chemical bonds and polymers but whose lives are full of wonder and promise? Akron ACS and Akron SPE will bring a PlastiVan-based Ohio science curriculum to 3rd and 4th graders with the support of ACS’s Innovative Project Grants program.

Mr. John Fellenstein at Akron University’s Global Polymer Academy and Dr. Missi Zender-Sakach at Summit Educational Service Center, have each developed lesson plans. PlastiVan® will come to 4th graders at Nolley Elementary in Manchester District (New Franklin) on November 13. It comes to Akron’s new iPromise school on December 3 and 4 and when it returns to Nolley Elementary on December 5th, those 4th graders will help the 3rd graders learn polymer science!

Each class gets hands-on instruction with Mr. Fellenstein. Each school can use that lesson plan. We’re asking teachers and students what they think about the lesson.

Do you have a student in Akron or Manchester schools? Your teachers are excellent science educators! ACS and SPE are proud to assist. Please spread the word, and look in your school newsletter for more information.

Would you like to assist at Nolley Elementary on November 13 or December 5, or at Akron iPromise on December 3 or 4? Mike Dowell, has details. Helpers can spread a good teaching lesson throughout the STEM community.

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