Teaching Materials

In collaboration with the Chair of Chemistry Didactics at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, teaching materials have been developed from the vacation course programs. These provide material for eight to nine double periods of science and are suitable for third or fourth grade students. Moreover, many of the experiments are also suitable for junior high level.

Adhesives Teaching Unit

Adhesives and adhesive technology have long been an integral part of both normal daily life and industrial manufacturing processes. Adhesive products range from simple craft glue to industrial high-performance adhesives that can be used to bond entire airplane wings.

The Adhesives teaching unit is designed to introduce children to the world of adhesives. Firstly, they gain an initial insight into the wide variety of adhesives and applications; secondly, the example of an adhesive with which they are familiar is used to teach them how and from what adhesives can be produced. The unit also provides the opportunity to explore in a phenomenological way the question of why adhesives are sticky.

Cosmetics Teaching Unit

Body care products such as shampoo and toothpaste are an integral part of children's everyday lives. But what is actually in these products? Why are they important, what effect do they have and how are they made? These are just a few of the questions that will be investigated during this teaching unit. It focuses on basic scientific methods. These include a systematic approach, precise observation, documentation of the results, and finally evaluation of the results in conjunction with the question: "What do the things we have found out and observed tell us – did the experiment help us to answer our initial research question?"

The Cosmetics topic is divided into three areas: dental, skin and hair care.

Sustainability Teaching Unit

At Henkel, the issue of sustainability has traditionally been of paramount importance. The company therefore created a one-week vacation course specifically on this topic as part of Science Year 2012: "Project Earth: Our Future." This vacation course was subsequently developed into a teaching unit for elementary school science lessons.

The unit covers the following topics: saving energy, paper recycling, renewable raw materials, and protecting our health.

Life Cycle Assessment Teaching Unit

“Ecological footprint, life cycle assessment, life cycle analysis, CO2 footprint: These are technical terms that all have in common that they are intended to describe the environmental impact of a product. In detail, there are certainly differences in terms of the system boundaries and the type of impacts that are considered. What they all have in common, however, is that their definition considers the entire life cycle of a product, from raw materials to disposal.

Since the exact definitions and scientific calculation methods are still difficult to grasp for children of primary school age, we want to convey the basic principle that only a holistic view of the entire product life cycle allows us to assess whether a product is more or less environmentally friendly. For example, it is not per se true that an electric car is good for the environment. In this series of lessons, we are guided by the life cycle of a liquid detergent. We start with an important ingredient, deal with its environmentally friendly use, investigate the greenhouse effect and then devote a great deal of attention to the subject of packaging.”