PlastiVan learning program coming to area

PARKERSBURG – The PlastiVan Learning Program will be at three high schools in the region beginning today.

The program for ninth through 11th grade students is conducted by the national Society of Plastics Industries and explains the technology, chemistry and processing of plastic products through hands-on learning experiences. The local visits are coordinated by the West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone.

The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Ravenswood High School in Jackson County, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Parkersburg High School and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Williamstown High School.

“The mission of the PlastiVan Program is to provide educational opportunities which spark scientific curiosity in students while increasing their knowledge of the contribution plastics make to modern life,” Karen Facemyer, president of the Polymer Alliance Zone, said. “This is the third year we’ve brought the program to West Virginia and we hope it enhances student understanding of the processes involved in our local plastics industries.”

The program offers fun-filled, hands-on educational experiments about where plastics come from and how they affect our lives. It was developed to pique student interest in the science and technology of plastics and polymers.

The PlastiVan Program travels to schools and companies throughout North America.

The Polymer Alliance Zone is an economic development organization that markets the plastics industry in Wood, Mason and Jackson counties and recruits plastic-related companies to locate in the state.