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New Set of Resources to Help You Teach about Waste and Recycling

Recently, we blogged about “Working with Waste,” a special feature in the 10 August issue of Science. The free, online version of “Working with Waste” features news stories, reviews, and perspectives covering such topics as making metal recycling more efficient, taking waste out of wastewater, and recycling polymers. Enhancing the content are online-only features such as videos and interviews with contributors.  Now we’d like to tell you about some new AAAS resources that complement “Working with Waste.”

Disposable Culture, a new art exhibit at AAAS headquarters features work by artists who reuse and/or depict objects that are typically disposed of without considering the impact this waste has on society or the environment. By recycling and documenting these objects, the artists prompt viewers to contemplate the role waste plays in our everyday lives and to consider possible solutions, such as changing our own consumption patterns and selecting products that can be recycled.

Science and technology can help by looking for ways to safely clean up the mess, and to minimize waste by turning it into new products. Inspired by “Working with Waste” and Disposable Culture, the editors of SB&F have compiled “What to Do With Waste,” a special, free bibliography of books and videos. These recommended resources help educate children and adults on the important issues and challenges we face when dealing with waste disposal. Rounding out the suite of resources surrounding the “waste” theme, Science NetLinks has created a collection page showcasing educational tools that bring the issue into the classroom. The collection includes links to some of our most popular lessons, interactives, and Science Updates.

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Jeannie Donoghue SUBMITTED ON

Hello, I am the Professional Development Director at the Bureau of Edcuation & Reseach www.ber.org. We do seminars for teachers and am looking for science teachers who can do one day workshops on using iPads in the secondary science classroom. Do you know of or have a resource I could review to find presenters? I love your website!

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