At the K-Fair 2016 special show, PlasticsEurope and the British Plastics Federation (BPF), launched an educational toolkit named Olly. This education initiative is designed to engage younger children with polymer science through a series of experiments where pupils can explore the wide variety of plastic properties and its applications. For the launch, Olly was delivered to the partners of BPF directly at the big stage of the K special show by the PlasticsEurope educational expert Tanja Rühl and Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann, Director General PlasticsEurope Deutschland.
Olly is based on Kuno, a German educational toolkit developed by PlasticsEurope which has, since its launch in 2001, been translated into Italian and Polish. Olly is designed to engage the interest of youngsters aged between 6 and 10 years, by promoting science through five fun experiments. The toolkit contains a series of experiments, a booklet for children explaining how plastics are formed and how to conduct the experiments, and a teachers’ guide. The experiments highlight the importance of plastics and demonstrates the wide variety of properties that make them indispensable in so many applications.