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BASF sponsors PlastiVan at two Ontario schools

The PlastiVan, an education program that provides students with a hands-on experience in the chemistry of plastics,...


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April 11, 2005 by Canadian Plastics

The PlastiVan, an education program that provides students with a hands-on experience in the chemistry of plastics, rolled into Ontario last week for a visit at Christ The King and Georgetown District high schools. The visit was sponsored by a “Helping Make Communities Better” grant from BASF.
The PlastiVan is one of three “science on wheels” vans that travel throughout Canada and the United States teaching students, educators and the public about the chemistry, history, manufacturing and environmental issues involved with making plastics. The program is provided through the National Plastics Center & Museum in Leominster, MA.
“The students were captivated from the start. Many had not really considered the impact that plastics have on their day-to-day lives. Several less familiar uses, including thermoset plastics used in NASCAR engines were also introduced. This was a terrific interactive and ‘hands-on’
learning opportunity for our students,” said Donna Norrie, head of the Science Department at Georgetown District High School.
“We have a commitment to helping make the schools and communities in which we do business better,” said Steve Ransome, Site Manager of BASF’s Georgetown site. “The PlastiVan program is an outstanding educational tool. It demonstrates, in a fun and creative way, the important role plastics play in our world and how it’s an essential part of their daily lives.”