The Chemistry of Plastics

This program introduces students to the history of plastics manufacturing. Students then participate in a mini-lab where various types of plastic are analyzed and identified using a basic flow chart. Students will then see a variety of new products that were recycled from other materials or created using bioplastics.

Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Middle School, and High School.

Science SOLs: PS.1, PS.5, ES.6, CH.1, CH.6

Concepts and Vocabulary Introduced

Recycle, Decompose, Biodegrade, Photodegrade, Extruded, Density, Resins, Polymers, Monomers, Bioplastics, Petrochemicals, Carbon

Equipment Needed: Well ventilated room or window. Small table.

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

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