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

  • Colors and Plastics
  • 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.
Phread Ayres is a retired middle school science teacher living on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. He taught seventh grade science for eighteen years in Wayne, NJ. Phread received an Associates Degree in Science from Bergen Community College, a Bachelors of Science in Education and Environmental Science from William Paterson University and a Masters of Science in Educational Technology from Ramapo College.

Teaching was a third career for Phread. Prior to teaching, he worked as an audio engineer for local bands in NJ. He received a Certificate in Audio Engineering from the Institute for Audio Research. He also worked as the manager of the Camping Department at Ramsey Outdoor Store in Paramus, NJ.
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.”
Dana Warnez is an alum of Kettering University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and was also a member of Society of Plastics Engineers. She has 8 years of experience in the plastics industry, where she was directly involved with overseeing and improving injection molding and blow molding processes. Ms. Warnez has worked as a safety and ergonomics trainer in the past and is passionate about making education fun and effective.
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.
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. Find them here. 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.

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