Sustainable Invention: An Exploration of Bioplastics
This Sustainable Invention: An Exploration of Bioplastics unit has been developed to introduce middle school students and educators to sustainable invention and green chemistry principles. This unit builds on prior work, particularly the Green Chemistry JVInvenTeamsTM Activity Guide.. This Sustainable Invention unit seeks to further work to address the challenges of integrating invention education into middle school science curricula and advance STEM pedagogy.
The unit is centered on two key questions relevant to sustainability and invention education, and three enduring understandings relevant to green chemistry and invention:
Unit Essential Questions
- How can we make a product that is good for people and the environment?
- Why should inventors care about sustainable materials?
Unit Enduring Understandings
- Green Chemistry allows us to create products that are safer for us and the environment, contributing to a sustainable future.
- Inventing a new technology involves coming up with an idea, developing that idea with the use of peer feedback, and re-designing based on testing.
- Bioplastics can be used to create novel products and/or better versions of already existing products.
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