PlastiVideo™ High School

PlastiVideo™ High School is an introduction to plastics history and discoveries through science and engineering including recycling processes and the need for personal responsibility in the use of materials.

 

Natural Plastics

  • Imagining a World without Plastics
  • Natural & Synthetic Polymers
  • Accidental Plastics & Chemical Engineering
  • Macromolecules & Polymer Science
 

Synthetic Plastics

  • The Raw Materials of Plastics
  • Polymers & Application Engineering
  • Nylon & Organic Chemistry
  • Thermoplastics & Recycling
  • Thermosets Are Here to Stay
 

Processes & Material Science

  • Viscosity
  • Crosslinking & Chemical Reactions
  • Foam Applications
  • Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic Polymers
 

Take Action

  • How to Recycle
  • Marine Debris Causes and Solutions
  • Protect Your Watershed
  • Recycle Your Wrap
 

The Future of Plastics

  • Plastics from Renewable Resources
  • Innovative Recycling Techniques
  • Circular Economy
  • Productive Reuse of Materials
  • Sustainable Materials Management

Multiple, short videos totaling approximately 140 minutes.

Supplemental materials to support the PlastiVideo Program.
  • MS-ESS3.A: Natural Resources
  • MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
  • MS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution
  • MS-PS1-3 Matter and its Interactions
  • MS-PS1-3 Matter and its Interactions
  • MS-PS1-4 Matter and its Interactions
  • MS-PS1-5 Matter and its Interactions
  • MS-PS1. A Structure and Properties of Matter
  • MS-PS1.B Chemical Reactions Matter
  • MS-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • MS-PS3-1 Energy
  • MS-PS3-5 Energy
  • MS.LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
Once you complete this form, an educator will contact you to complete the registration process.
30-day access to PlastiVideo is sponsored by grants and scholarships. All schools and teachers are welcome to apply for access to PlastiVideo. Check out our sponsors.
Anne Cowell holds a BA in Chemistry and an MA in Teaching. Previously she taught middle school science and most recently worked in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry at Indiana University. Through PlastiVan Anne enjoys showing students that science is a part of their everyday lives. She likes to put students in the role of a scientist where their thoughtful questions and creative ideas inspire her.
John Paul Dingens brings the PlastiVan program mostly to Texas. Working with sponsors he is proud to help strengthen connections between local students and industry in their communities. Having studied environmental science and policy, he is motivated by the belief that a more comprehensive understanding of polymer science to drive innovations is a viable route to meaningful progress in plastics and beyond.
Elizabeth Egan is a Packaging Engineering with an MBA. She worked for Dow Chemical in the Specialty Plastics, Consumer Products, and Automotive business units as an Engineer and Business Analyst. She serves on her local Board of Education and teaches piano and enjoys bringing PlastiVan into the classroom allowing her to share the exciting and diverse career opportunities in the plastics industry.
John Fellenstein runs STEM outreach for the College of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Akron. Previously he taught high school science. “The PlastiVan Program gives me many opportunities to interact with students, which is so much fun! I like sharing the science concepts along with career opportunities that are available in the plastics and polymer industries.”
Lynda Gomi has been an educator for 30 years and a recycler for over 50. Lynda has worked with students of all ages in both the US and Japan. She holds two master’s degrees but considers raising a daughter who became a polymer engineer as her crowning accomplishment. Lynda is excited to work with students of any age as they explore science and career options in the sciences with PlastiVan.
Mendy Mossbrook has over 24 years of experience in the Plastics Industry with numerous patents in the packaging sector. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. She works in the non-profit sector as an advocate and coach for educators and students and enjoys the opportunity to connect what children learn in school to exciting careers in STEM fields through the PlastiVan.
Briana Young is an alum of Ecotek Lab and a graduate of Central Michigan University. She has over 12 years of experience in research and innovation involving material science, environmental science and agricultural engineering. She has traveled internationally working on projects related to climate change and environmental conservation. Ms. Young has worked as a research fellow on material science and agricultural projects at Iowa State University and the University of Delaware.
Evan Morton is an alum of Ecotek Lab and a senior at Michigan State University majoring in environmental sustainability. He has over 8 years of research and innovation in material and environmental science and pollution avoidance. Mr. Morton is a researcher in plastics consumption at MSU’s Geocognition Laboratory and has traveled nationally and internationally meeting with stakeholders and community organizers on land and water conservation.
Mark Wolverton is a materials engineer with more than 40 years’ involvement in the plastics industry. PlastiVan allows him to foster enthusiasm for the development of plastic parts with the next generation. He has experience in product and materials development for the consumer electronics, automotive & transportation, defense & aerospace, personal care and medical industries. Mark is an Honored Service Member of SPE and a member of the Plastics Pioneers.
Eve Vitale, SPE Foundation Executive, was recruited in 2016 to expand the PlastiVan program. She holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in manufacturing engineering. She spent 8 months on the road delivering the program to thousands of students to find ways to increase its impact. She and her husband own an engineering consulting business specializing in plastics manufacturing and sustainability.
To extend the learning experience beyond the PlastiVideo Program, we have provided curated videos and relevant activities. Use in the classroom to prepare your students for the PlastiVideo Program or afterward to extend the learning. In addition, check out the HOP Kit lesson plans.

Natural Plastics

  • Plastics are Everywhere
  • The Games Plastics Play
  • The First Plastics
  • Macromolecular Theory

Synthetic Plastics

  • Where Does Plastic Come From?
  • Polymeric Structure
  • Biomimicry & Nylon
  • Thermoplastics & Recycling
  • Thermosets are Here to Stay

Processes & Material Science

  • What is Plastic Foam?
  • Thirsty Polymers
  • Building a Better Bouncer
  • Non-Newtonian Fluids
  • Slime

Take Action!

  • Mechanical Recycling
  • Marine Debris
  • Protect Your Watershed
  • Recycle Your Wrap

The Future of Plastics

  • Bioplastics
  • Transformational Recycling
  • What's a Circular Economy?
  • Sustainable Materials Management



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