Fantastic Plastic Lecture Queen Mary University
Saskia Cushings and Ella Margetts 10U
‘’Twenty year 10 students travelled to Queen Mary’s University in Mile End, to explore plastic in the form of Fantastic Plastic, listening to a fascinating lecture, learning more into the depth of it.
In a lecture theatre, we were taught about the ingredients of plastic, and were shown many different forms that plastic can be found in, opening our minds up to more about the material. The professor proved the point of polymers being a long chain, as she cut through the liquid with scissors, as well as showing us many other experiments. They also taught us about the future uses of plastics, such as contact lenses that allowed you to identify exactly what you are looking at through augmented reality, for example when looking at someone, their names and information would show up!
We were informed with knowledge that fridges could recognise the food you have through tags made from a plastic, and create recipes for what you have bought, also telling you what food you forgot when shopping, from the list you told them. Washing machines would even recognise what type of clothing was in it, so could put itself on the correct wash for the types of clothing inside.
Overall it was an amazing experience even for the future of university but also to understand how interesting plastic is and helped us get an idea of future jobs that we could have that involves these topics’’.
Patsy Stow: “We left at twelve and had lunch at nandos before the lecture, witch was really good because it allowed us to talk to people that we wouldn’t normally talk to and make new friends.