Summarised from Adele Mastroyannis (Flinders University) and Tessa Faulks (Monash University), poster presentation, 1st Australian Green and Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering conference, held in Cairns July 2023.
- Green Chemistry education aims to improve scientific literacy while promoting the adoption of more sustainable actions and activities.
- The ARC ITTC Green Chemistry in Manufacturing Outreach program focuses on promoting green chemistry understanding, sustainability education and teaching students how green chemistry can be applied to daily life, while also supporting their engagement and connection with the Australian curriculum.
- The outreach program is inquiry based learning using the 5E teaching model; Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.
- Lesson plans have been modified for each year level according to differences in the curriculum.
- Ages 12-15 (middle school) are targeted as these years are key in a student’s understanding and engagement in science, prior to subject choices for their senior years.
- Fostering a culture of environmental responsibility and promoting sustainable practices is key for the future.
- The program will encourage students to consider careers or further study in fields related to green chemistry and STEM as a whole.
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A guide for the Pasta Polymer experiment
Notpla video referred to in the Year 8/9 Biodegradable Water Bottle experiment. Also suitable for Year 6/7
What is green chemistry? A short video by Professor John Warner, one of the developers of green chemistry
Why do green chemistry? A short video by Professor Paul Anastas, one of the developers of green chemistry
Summary of the 12 principles of green chemistry and other education resources
Short videos about green chemistry
14 ways to teach sustainability in Chemistry