The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has today launched a plastics education website, Polymer Zone which is targeted at school children and teachers.
The BPF Skills and Education Committee decided that, in order to combat the current skills gap, more needed to be done to improve the perception of plastics in schools, as well as to encourage more young people to enter into a manufacturing career within the Plastics Industry.
‘Polymer Zone’ serves as an educational hub for a variety of useful plastics resources including education kits that can be used in schools, over 50 engaging videos about plastic as a material, activities and experiments suitable for classroom use as well as a series of 12 downloadable PowerPoint presentations provided by PlasticsEurope, that can be viewed directly on the site as well as downloaded and tailored for individual teaching use.
In addition the BPF have worked closely with an educational specialist to create a lesson plan aimed at Key Stage 3 children (pupils aged between 11 and 14) studying Design and Technology. The lesson plan, which is curriculum linked, allows children to match plastic products with the processes used to create them. All relevant support material is available to download free of charge from the site.
BPF Membership Services Director, Stephen Hunt, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be launching ‘Polymer Zone’, as we feel there is a huge need for such a resource among school children. We are extremely passionate about education and skills and we would like to see more young people entering into the industry.”
Notes for editors:
British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade association for the plastics industry – representing the whole supply chain including polymer producers, distributors, additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors and recyclers.
The Polymer Zone logo and various Screen Grabs are available to download HERE