Polymer study tours - promoting positive perceptions of polymers

The Polymer Society
4 Aug 2012
students in lab

The Polymer Study Tours are intensive four-day residential courses for practicing and trainee teachers of the secondary school science and design and technology curriculum. The Tours are based at three universities – Edinburgh Napier, London Metropolitan and Manchester.

Content includes a mixture of lectures and discussions from academics and leading industry figures, hands-on laboratory processing and testing sessions and factory visits to major polymer processing companies.

Many teachers have little or no in-depth knowledge of polymers, and even fewer have any experience of polymer processing. Yet polymers form a key part of the curriculum for a variety of science and design-based subjects. By the end of the Tour, delegates will have a toolkit they can take back to the classroom. This includes a better understanding of the contribution polymers make to society and a more balanced view of sustainability, lifecycle analysis, recycling and disposal issues.

How are the Polymer Study Tours financed?

Tours are completely free to delegates. This is very important in times of reduced school budgets and the burden placed on schools to pay for replacement staff.

The courses are made possible by the generosity of industrial sponsors from the polymer supply chain, the British Plastics Federation and The Worshipful Company of Horners who are the organisers and principal sponsor. Administrative support is provided by IOM3 and the British Plastics Federation.

Support a teacher

To keep the Tours running at their current level we need to raise £50,000 each year. Your support helps to fund places for teachers, and in return we will give you the opportunity to network with the delegates and raise your company profile among your peers.

A range of sponsorship packages is available. For more information about sponsoring a teacher, contact Fozia Ghadiali on 020 7457 5003 or fghadiali@bpf.co.uk