The Case of Plastics 

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.

Classroom Perspectives

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.

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A Research Turning Point

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.  

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The Art of Plastic

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.

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Classroom Perspectives

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.  

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Game Planning: How to Ask the Question

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.  

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The Grey Area

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.

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Why Should Schools Explore Conflicts in Chemistry?

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.

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Plastic Awareness Day

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.

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The Case of Plastics: An Introduction

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?

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