The nonprofit Beyond Benign specializes in developing and disseminating educational resources in green chemistry – like how to create bioplastics, or thinking about a full product life cycle – and two guests from Beyond Benign joined the podcast to talk about it. Janie Butler is the K-12 Program Manager for the organization, and Eric Nash is a high school teacher while working as Lead Teacher for Beyond Benign. Originally scheduled to present at the SXSW Edu 2020 Conference in Austin, Texas, they discussed how chemistry and design can be integrated into the K-12 classroom, why this is important, and more. They also brainstorm ways to teach green chemistry even amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Related to this episode:
• Beyond Benign: https://www.beyondbenign.org/
• Jane Butler: https://www.beyondbenign.org/people/butler-janie/
• Eric Nash: https://www.beyondbenign.org/leadteacher/nash-eric/
• SXSW Edu planned program: https://schedule.sxswedu.com/2020/events/PP100780
• Lemelson MIT: https://lemelson.mit.edu/
• JV InvenTeams: https://lemelson.mit.edu/jv-inventeams
• Beyond Benign YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi8gIkJHo7mo0P0gLtfM6Dg
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