OSWEGO, NY – Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, recently partnered to develop a new aluminum recycling education program, “Life of a Can – A Never Ending Story.”
Designed to reinforce the importance of aluminum recycling and empower students to be environmental stewards, the program offers digital learning tools for classrooms that explore the lifecycle of a recycled aluminum can and encourage classrooms to implement recycling programs of their own.
An engaging, hands-on digital interactive module designed to walk students through the recycling process was recently added to the program to bring the impact of recycling to life in a compelling way.
For teachers and students in the Oswego area, the program provides an opportunity to learn about the important recycling programs made possible by the more than 1,180 men and women at Novelis’ facility in Oswego.
“Partnering with Discovery Education provides a fantastic opportunity for teachers, students, and their families in Oswego to understand the true value of aluminum as an infinitely recyclable material,” said Kevin Shutt, Novelis plant manager. “As the world’s largest aluminum rolled products manufacturer and recycler, Novelis recycles more than 60 billion aluminum cans each year. We are excited to help increase the number of cans recycled in Oswego by inspiring students to be lifelong recyclers.”
Beyond STEM skills, Life of a Can educates the future generation on key recycling facts such as the $1.5 billion total value of aluminum sent to landfills every year and the end-to-end recycling timeline for a can.
Created by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts, this multi-year engagement program offers digital resources designed to stimulate insightful conversations and illustrate STEM at work throughout the aluminum recycling process.
Available at no cost, the new online platform offers the following:
Interactive classroom activities – The program’s digital learning tools include a complete suite of standards-aligned free educator resources for upper elementary classrooms, which emphasize key STEM, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills for students focused on environmental subjects like sustainability, manufacturing and product lifecycles. Downloadable classroom activities are designed to complement teachers’ existing lesson plans and explore the unique properties of aluminum and its role in our everyday lives.. A downloadable Recycling Toolkit allows classrooms to create their own classroom recycling programs.
At-home family resources – Life of a Can’s family extensions encourage students to share their classroom learnings with family members at home through STEM-based activities and family discussion starters that inspire insightful conversations about aluminum and the recycling process. Students will take home a scavenger hunt that illustrates how students’ homes can be powered by the energy saved from aluminum recycling.
Video vignette – Featuring National Hockey League defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ference, a self-proclaimed “eco-athlete,” the What’s One Can video highlights how recycling saves energy, investigates everyone’s impact on the environment, and details how all students’ can be champions for the environment.
For more information on the program and to access the site’s free resources, visit: www.lifeofacan.com.
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum.
The company operates in 10 countries, has approximately 12,000 employees and reported $10 billion in revenue for its 2016 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America.
Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit novelis.com and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/NovelisInc and Twitter at twitter.com/Novelis.
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