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Curriculum teaches tech-savvy students the science behind their gadgets


Ontario students will soon be learning a lot more about the science behind recycling their electronics thanks to new curriculum materials developed by Ontario Electronic Stewardship, the industry-led not-for-profit organization responsible for recycling electronics across the province.

The materials, which are now available to teachers across the province free of charge, include modules for students between Grades 4 and 10 covering topics such as the science of materials, energy systems and conservation, as well as safe disposal and recycling. Students at 32 schools in Ontario will see the curriculum come to life through an interactive exhibit designed in collaboration with renowned science educator and Discovery Channel star Alan Nursall.

“It’s important for students to understand the science behind their electronics,” explains Nursall. “This innovative program will equip them with an understanding of the materials that are used to produce devices like smartphones, tablets and televisions. It will also enable them to make responsible choices when it comes to using, reusing and recycling these devices.”

Around the world, approximately one billion mobile phones are manufactured each year. Students will learn about where the raw materials for phones and other devices come from, as well as how conductive materials like silver, copper and gold inside electronics function. The program will emphasize the environmental benefits of recovering these and other materials through recycling.

“Ontario Electronic Stewardship is looking forward to strengthening our partnerships with students, teachers and schools across Ontario,” says Melanie Wilde, Executive Director, Ontario Electronic Stewardship. “We believe that helping Ontario students develop a more comprehensive understanding of the technology they use every day and why it’s important to safely recycle out-of-use electronics will allow them to make choices that will benefit future generations.”

The interactive exhibit will travel the province from April through June, making stops at 32 schools in 27 communities.