PlasticsEurope provides a range of educational materials about plastics on national and regional level.
For more information on these, please check the education sections of the various language versions of this website.
On a pan-European level, PlasticsEurope is actively involved in two programmes:
- We co-organise the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC).
- We produce Kuno/Plastek/Plasty/Olly - an experiment kit for primary school pupils that gives children the opportunity to discover plastics through experimentation.
European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC)
PlasticsEurope, in collaboration with the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA), organises the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC, www.eydc.eu). In 2017, more than 400 students aged 16 – 19 from across Europe participated in this prestigious competition, which was first launched in 2016.
The European Youth Debating Competition comprises a series of national finals and of the grand European final. The competition is a multifaceted activity designed to engage young people with the key issues facing modern society. For example, the topic for the 2017 competition was "People, Planet, Profit in the Digital Age: With or without petrochemistry and plastics?” The winning students need to display public speaking skills combined with well-informed, logical and persuasive arguments.
For more information, visit: epca.eu/education/EYDC-2019 and www.eydc.eu.
Experiment Kit - Kuno/Plastek/Plasty/Olly
“Kunos coole Kunststoff-Kiste” is an experiment kit for primary school pupils that was initially developed by PlasticsEurope in Germany. It gives children the opportunity to discover plastics through five exciting experiments.
The kit includes instructions and materials for the following experiments:
- Manufacture a polystyrene ball.
- Test a superabsorber.
- Purify water.
- Explore the properties of various plastic films.
- Form a bouncing ball.
The kit was first introduced in 2001 and is today used in more than half of the primary schools in Germany. You can find out more about the German language version of the kit here.
Kuno has also gone international:
In 2010, Kuno welcomed a little brother: the Polish branch of the association adopted Kuno and called it Plastek.
For more information about Plastek here.
There is also an Italian version, Plasty. You can find more information about Plasty here.
In 2016, an English version was introduced, called "Olly”.
For more information, see:
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