Girls’ Day at FAU: Exploring the Life Cycle of Polymers and Waste Management
Girls' Day at FAU: Exploring the Life Cycle of Polymers and Waste Management
On April 27th, 2023, about 22 female students participated on Girls’ Day at the Technical Faculty of the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. The FAU offered about 22 experiments from different institutes, including the experiment of the Institute of Polymer Technology (LKT): “Polymers: from raw material to packaging and back”.
Polymers are an essential material in our everyday lives, used in a wide range of applications including packaging, clothing and high-tech aerospace applications. However, with this widespread use comes a significant challenge in managing the different types of waste generated from different polymer applications. With increasing attention to resource conservation, environmental protection and waste prevention, the Institute of Polymer Technology hands-on course aimed to provide an overview of the general life cycle of polymer products and their recycling. Participants learned what polymers are, what they are made of, and why they are commonly used in the packaging industry. The course also covered the challenges associated with polymer recycling and the importance of waste management to protect the environment.
The aim of the Girls’ Day event was to give schoolgirls the opportunity to learn about different apprenticeships and courses of study in various fields, including engineering, science, information technology and trades. The girls were also able to test their skills in practice, make important contacts and meet women in management positions and as entrepreneurs. Overall, the Girls’ Day event at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg was an excellent opportunity for female students to learn about polymers and their importance in our daily lives. Through hands-on experiments and practical learning, the participants gained insight into the field of polymer technology and the importance of waste management and environmental protection.