What’s in the plastic soup? That’s what the 8 to 12 year-olds at Amsterdam’s NEMO Science Museum wanted to know at the children’s lectures given by E&H’s Dr. Heather Leslie on 20 January 2019. The interactive 1-hour lecture included energetic knowledge exchange between the scientist and her well-informed young audience. Many ideas were discussed about the reasons why plastic soup is created, what kind of plastic pollution we can detect in nature, who is affected, and how science and creativity can help us prevent the plastic soup from growing, growing, growing.
The children performed simple experiments exploring plastic’s behaviour in the environment and products. At the end of the hour, they used their knowledge of plastic pollution prevention in designing their own cookie packages that were specially devised to never become part of the plastic soup. The next generation of plastic soup scientists already understand the problems – and they appear to have moved on to solving them.