Education & Curriculum

Education Resources Designed to Share Sustainable Solutions to Plastics and Materials- Oral
Wednesday AM

Symposium Organizer: Jane Wissinger (University of Minnesota)

The prevalence and importance of plastics/polymers in our society and their effect on human health and the environment make this topic compelling for the classroom, laboratory, and outreach activities.  Presenters are encourage to submit their experiments and course materials illustrating how modern green technologies using renewable materials, biomaterials, safer syntheses, recycling, and design for degradation have been developed to seek solutions to current unsustainable practices.  These topics can extend to nanomaterials and biological macromolecules.  This session is open to K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels of instruction as well as outreach audiences.

Design of Curricular Materials: Rapid fire session- Oral
Thursday PM

Symposium Organizer: Jane Wissinger (University of Minnesota)

This animated symposium will provide educators the opportunity to share how they are designing new and engaging laboratory experiments and lecture content which model innovations in green chemistry and green engineering.  The rapid-fire session format will allow presenters up to seven minutes to present the highlights of their design with three minutes for questions.  Speakers must be willing to participate in a panel discussion and are encouraged to share electronic materials with interested attendees.   More than one submission will be allowed, time permitting, to offer a breadth of topics.

Design of State of the Art Green Chemistry Curricula- Oral
Thursday AM

Symposium Organizer: Jim Hutchison (University of Oregon)

Last year’s session explored the future of green chemistry and engineering education and introduced the idea of developing a roadmap for education by exploring the evolving needs of a variety of stakeholders. As the roadmap evolves, green chemistry educators will need to integrate new topics into the curriculum.  This session will showcase efforts to integrate topics like life cycle thinking, appropriate use of high-throughput assays and informatics, evaluation of metrics for continuous improvement and economic success, toxicology, structural indicators of environmental and health impacts, knowledge of the innovation process, design thinking etc., into the modern chemistry and engineering curriculum.