Classroom Perspectives

Students at the Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls celebrate Mole Day.

Photograph by Sharon Cornwall

Hello, my name is Sharon Cornwall. I teach chemistry and advanced placement biology, and I am one of three teachers piloting The Case of Plastics with the Chemical Heritage Foundation. 

I am fortunate to teach at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls located across the street from Hunting Park at 10th and Lycoming streets. The park has evolved into a source of community pride with newly refurbished sports fields, tennis courts, multiple playgrounds, tree plantings, and a community garden—facilities that the school enjoys along with the community. The Little Flower school has educated thousands of young women over the past 73 years.

The students at Little Flower are empathetic learners receptive to suggestions from their teachers. In this spirit, one of my goals is to encourage our students to see science all around and to even consider science as a career. 

The Case of Plastics provides students the opportunity to see science in their daily lives. The gaming model in which students role-play different characters should prove to be an interesting and dynamic approach to a better understanding of plastics in our world. Students are creative when provided the appropriate platform. This model of an unscripted dialogue based on historical and public presentations will challenge their thinking, and I like the idea of learning the outcome along with my students, as the story unfolds in the Case of Plastics.

Little Flower Chemistry Students, Photograph by Sharon Cornwall

 

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