Outreach

Wissinger presents to AAUW on Sustainable Plastics

On October 1, 2018, Wissinger presented to the American Association for University Women
October 1, 2018

Jane Wissinger presented to a full house of members of the Amercian Association of University Women (http://www.mnwomen.org/about-us/). What a dynamic and engaged organization!

2018 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Workshop for High School Teachers

Participants in the 2018 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Workshop for HS Teachers
July 17, 2018

Cassandra Knutson (White Bear Lake HS), Cassie Javner (Shakopee HS) and Jane Wissinger hosted 20 high school teachers from across MN to learn about green & sustainable chemistry curriculum.  Time was spent in lab performing experiments to gain hand-on experience with labs they might implement for their own programs.

To learn more read: https://chem.umn.edu/news/weekly-news/weekly-news-archive/july-20-2018

 

Green & Sustainable Chemistry Workshop for High School Teachers

Workshop leaders and participants
June 28, 2017

Professor Jane Wissinger along with high school teachers, Cassie Knutson and Cassie Javner hosted a workshop for chemistry high school teachers with the goal of training high school chemistry teachers to bring Green & Sustainable Chemistry into their classrooms. Twenty teachers from across the state of Minnesota participated in the workshop June 20-22, 2017 in the Department of Chemistry.

Group Member Nina Meltzer Sharing Bioplastics at Avalon Charter School

Avalon School students with Nina Meltzer tensile testing their polymers
April 12, 2016

Nina Meltzer shared the Center for Sustainable Polymer bioplastics experiment with 43 students at Avalon Charter School in St. Paul on April 12th.  Students prepared a range of plant based bioplastics on the first day and performed tensile testing on the second day. 

Medical Sutures Experiment in St. Paul Central High School

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May 1, 2014

Chemistry department undergraduate, Ming Yu, and Dr. Wissinger visited the classrooms of chemistry teachers Craig Karlen and Alka Goyal to introduce the topic of plastics and the environment through a medical sutures experiment.  Five classes of approximately 25 students performed the two day experiment learning about the relationship between size and composition to properties of polymers.  The experiment addresses Next Generation Science Standards that includes engineering requirements.

U of MN ECEPS (Exploring Careers in Engineering and the Physical Sciences) Program

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April 17, 2013

CSP researchers Debbie Schneiderman and Lindsay Davis (Summer student) lead 25 high school girls  in exploring the properties of absorbable and nonabsorbable medical sutures.  These students were participating in the CSE's Exploring Careers in Engineering and the Physical Sciences program (ECEPS).  The experiment has three modules:  1) students compare the threads or "sutures" that can be drawn from different molecular weights of polycaprolactone; 2) students test the tensile strength of different purchased medical sutures that are absorbable and non-absorbable; and 3) students observe thei