The Glass Academy, British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation, the trade association for the UK glass industry, has launched its free new educational resources for 11-12-year-olds.
The resources, aimed at Year 7 and 8 pupils, have been developed in conjunction with teachers to ensure they are suitable for use within a classroom environment and linked to the national curriculum.
The four self-contained mini interactive resources have been created for use on desktop computers or tablets and enable students to learn at their own pace.
The resources focus on the key locations for glass manufacture in the UK, the raw materials used to make glass, controlling the furnace and the inspection process. These interactions link to several different subjects and topics related to the national curriculum, including physical geography and geology, chemical reactions, maths formulas and equations, basic engineering principles and physics topics such as forces, pressure and refraction.
For example, students will learn about how raw materials affect the characteristics of an end product, such as how the iron content of sand can produce green glass as well as through furnace monitoring, the importance of being vigilant in the workplace and maintaining high standards to ensure a quality product.
A fun and engaging interactive game based on a simple ‘coin catching’ concept, which has been tested out by over 200 enthusiastic pupils already, has also been developed, engaging with pupils through a medium they associate with and use in their free time.
Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass, said: “The Glass Academy has been heavily involved in developing relationships between education and industry so we were delighted to take-up the opportunity to develop these free educational resources. The interactive nature of the materials aims to keep students engaged and learning about new topics in a fun way will create awareness of the glass industry and hopefully inspire the next generation into careers in manufacturing.”
The new resources can be found on The Glass Academy website: https://theglassacademy.org/education/teachers/resources