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ERIC Number: EJ758547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Polymers & People
Lentz, Linda; Robinson, Thomas; Martin, Elizabeth; Miller, Mary; Ashburn, Norma
Science Teacher, v71 n5 p30-31 May 2004
Each Tuesday during the fall of 2002, teams of high school students from three South Carolina counties conducted a four-hour polymer institute for their peers. In less than two months, over 300 students visited the Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, South Carolina, to explore DNA, nylon, rubber, gluep, and other polymers. Teams of trained student leaders from grades 10-12 ran the institute. Students from small schools reached out to students from larger schools. Public and private school students from three counties came together for a morning of chemical education. Each team of student leaders represented one stage in a historical journey, from the discovery of polymers to their current uses. Visiting students also viewed the Chemical Heritage Foundation exhibit, Polymers & People, and read the accompanying booklet, both of which detailed the discovery, elucidation, and mastery of polymers. In the end, however, teams of students, not adults, brought the exhibit to life and generated a vibrant excitement as student teams led their peers in polymer experiments and investigations. This article discusses how this project started and how it was implemented. All participants agreed that this public-private partnership resulted in an excellent opportunity for learning science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina