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Earth Day with Mr. Science

Date: 2018-04-22
Time: 02:00 pm
Location: 929 E. Mennonite Road, just past Sunny Lake Road and up the hill on the left.

PROGRAM IS FULL! Come to the nature center on Earth Day and learn how we can reduce our environmental impact by making our own biopolymers. We will manipulate starches from corn and other plant products to make sustainable plastic. The plastic you use every day likely comes from a petroleum product. About 95% of all the plastic today started out as crude oil. Over 6,000 products are currently made from petroleum: trash bags, sunglasses, milk bottles, coatings on medicines and much more. Plastic is made from long chains of carbon molecules we call polymers. During photosynthesis, plants form sugars from carbon dioxide using the energy from sunlight. These large cellulose molecules can be mixed and heated to form biopolymers. Corn is the most common plant used, but it is not the only one. Many plants like potatoes, soybeans and wheat create enough starch to make plastics. Join us for a fun and educational afternoon with Mr. Science!

 

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