Plastics have dramatically changed the way we live, but some people question the merits of those changes. Through The Case of Plastics, CHF staff, teachers, students, and experts discuss and debate the past, present, and future of plastics.
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November 29, 2012 | by Jeremy Wolf
The Chemical Heritage Foundation is working with teachers and classes at three Philadelphia-area schools to produce The Case of Plastics. This week’s post is by Jeremy Wolf, chemistry teacher at Palisades High School.
Posted In: Participant Reflections
November 21, 2012 | by Michael Mackintosh
The Case of Plastics has taken huge strides forward in the last few weeks. As the game format has taken shape, the research process has entered a new stage.
Posted In: Project Development
November 13, 2012 | by Stephanie Corrigan
For many activists the main problem with plastics is their permanence. Artist-activists use their art to highlight the persistence and abundance of plastic trash, as well as the unintended environmental consequences of plastic waste.
Posted In: Waste
November 7, 2012 | by Sharon Cornwall
The Chemical Heritage Foundation is working with teachers and classes at three Philadelphia-area schools to produce The Case of Plastics. Meet our first teacher, Sharon Cornwall, a teacher at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia.
October 26, 2012 | by Stephanie Corrigan
Controversial and far-reaching, the topic of plastics generates an endless amount of debate and opinions. Our challenge in developing The Case of Plastics has been how to incorporate many voices without creating something overwhelming and unwieldy.
October 17, 2012 | by Gigi Naglak
At the Chemical Heritage Foundation we celebrate chemistry’s rich history and positive impact on humanity. But we also consider some of chemistry’s stumbling blocks and unexpected consequences. The “Case of Plastics” provides a unique opportunity to explore the grey area.
October 10, 2012 | by Deborah Cook
Science, especially chemistry, has been my passion for as long as I can remember. As a chemistry teacher, I wanted to educate my students not just about content but about the importance of chemistry in their daily lives.
October 3, 2012 | by Michael Mackintosh
As I began work on The Case of Plastics, I thought it would be interesting to track how much plastic I encounter in a day. I compiled a visual record by photographing every plastic object I touched. This is the result.
September 26, 2012 | by Stephanie Corrigan
What is plastic? We recognize it everywhere, but do we really understand what it is, how it is made, or how it has changed our world?
Merck litmus paper, 1934
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