Last week IISG and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois hosted a workshop for Illinois and Indiana teachers on pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment to help these teachers introduce or expand the issue of PPCPs into their classrooms.
The start of the workshop was not for the squeamish.
Teachers toured the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District and saw — and smelled — firsthand how wastewater is treated. They then went to see how an ISTC lab is working on developing effective removal methods for PPCPs from wastewater.
Environmental Educator Kirsten Hope Walker finished off the day with activities from the new IISG curriculum, The Medicine Chest, a series of lessons on the issues surrounding pharmaceuticals and personal care products.
“I get so sick of people just thinking science and biology is memorization,” said Donna Brayfield a high school biology teacher at Sacred Heart-Griffin in Springfield, Illinois with 35 years experience.
“Anything that’s real-world application, that’s the cool stuff!”
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a part of University of Illinois Extension.