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Bayer makes schoolteachers plastics-aware

By Barry Copping
Posted 31 October 2011
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) is planning its next free annual course in polymers and polymer processing, which has so far supported nearly 2,000 UK teachers in their understanding of this specialist area.

Run annually in Edinburgh, London and Manchester, the Polymer Study Tour is intended for teachers of design & technology and Science. It aims to expose them to various aspects of the chemistry, engineering and design associated with plastics.

On the four-day course, teachers can visit major UK plastic processing companies and attend lectures and discussions with leading industry figures. There are also laboratory sessions where teachers can operate machinery to produce samples for their schools to use.

Initiated by the Worshipful Company of Horners, the course has been supported by BMS MaterialScience for several years. Planning is now underway for the summer 2012 tour, to be run by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

The 2011 Polymer Study Tour tour was fully booked, reports BMS, with 20 teachers taking part in each of the three locations. BMS expects a similar attendance for 2012.

BMS spokesman Andrea Postles said: “Teachers attending the Polymer Study Tour gain really valuable insights into the way polymers and polymer processing work. They take the insights back to their schools to share with their students in an enlightening way.”

Further information on the Polymer Study Tour 2012 will be made available on the IOM3 website, www.iom3.org.

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