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The PlastiVan® Program

The PlastiVan® Program is a great way to WOW and excite young people about the science and the vast opportunities the plastics industry has to offer.  The PlastiVan™® program travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about plastics chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and applications.

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A hands-on science and technology program that excites middle school, high school students and the general public about the vast opportunities the plastics industry has to offer. The PlastiVan® Program travels to schools and companies educating people of all ages about the chemistry, history, processing manufacturing, sustainability and application of plastics. The program is easily integrated into school curricula. PlastiVan®  provides sound science and educational programs which spark scientific curiosity in students while increasing their knowledge of the contribution plastics make to modern life; encouraging them to seek careers in engineering.  For more information about the PlastiVan® Program, contact Marjorie Weiner at mweiner@4spe.org or +1 978-618-5496.

Plastivan 1 ImageThe PlastiVan® Program Visits One School Per Day

Middle School Lab 5 groups per day, ages 12-14 – Maximum of 40 students per group (class) The most popular program; this fun learning experience  introduces students to polymers and plastics and involves the students in experiments that will pique their interest in science and technology.



High School Lab 5 groups per day, ages 15-18 or adult – Maximum of 40 students per group (class) An advanced lab experience where students delve into the chemistry, history, and sustainability issues of polymers and plastics and how they are designed to have distinct properties. Students are also introduced to a wide array of career opportunities as well as college programs that focus on plastics engineering.

Plastivan 3 ImageHands On Chemistry Curriculum

The Students have no flammable or poisonous materials in the “hands-on” kits.

 Standard lab procedures should be followed at all times:

  • Keep fingers and pencils out of their mouths
  • Follow directions
  • Wear chemical splash goggles, when necessary

Any latex allergies should be reported to instructor before the start of the program. If individuals are allergic to latex they may NOT be able to participate in all the experiments. Learn More about the PlastiVan® Curriculumv

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