The curriculum is designed for high school youth and focused on the history, prevalence, impacts, and future of plastics. Youth discover that plastics are versatile materials that come in different shapes, sizes, and exhibit different material properties. Scientists and engineers are working on new ways to create, use, and recycle plastics, so we can use plastics for their many advantages and lessen their effects on our environment. The curriculum is designed to build foundational skills of science and engineering: observation, asking questions and defining problems, planning and carrying out investigations, and communicating.
The modules were developed in collaboration with Extension Professionals from Cornell University, the University of California, Davis, and the University of Minnesota. They are disseminated for free via the site 4hpolymers.org.