The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE), in collaboration with the Department of Education, has created a book about green chemistry for secondary / high school children using a ‘students as partners’ approach.
Led by Dr Glenn Hurst, as part of their degree programme, students from the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Education worked as a team, also comprising of Louise Summerton and Dr Clementine Beauvais, to produce ‘The Green Formula’. Illustrations in the book were completed by undergraduate student, Samantha Eastwood, following winning an institutional-wide art competition administered through the college system at York.
The book is aimed at children aged twelve and over, linking well to the school curriculum and follows the story of four very different children who must work together to develop their school’s entry to the ‘National Awards for Technology and Science’. This research-led book introduces green chemistry concepts through the diaries of the children and together with an accompanying narrative, provides a number of fun, hands-on experiments and activities to try at home.
Dr Glenn Hurst has recently been shortlisted by Times Higher Education (THE) as the ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ based on how he has communicated chemistry, particularly green chemistry, in new ways.
The Green Formula can be downloaded for free from iTunes.