Explore Sustainable Polymers!

The NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers and 4-H have developed an inquiry-based science curriculum focusing on concepts of materials; plastics; reuse, recycle, and reduce; and the work of scientists and engineers. It is designed to build foundational skills of science and engineering outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. The curriculum set covers three grade bands: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each grade band contains learning modules intended for delivery in out-of-school time facilitated by an educator (trained volunteers or program staff).


This project is supported by the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers, a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation.  This project is a collaboration between the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers and 4-H Extension Educators at the University of Minnesota, University of California-Davis, and Cornell University.  Curriculum activities follow gender-equitable best practices established by PBS/TPT's SciGirls.