Pattern, there are patterns in recycling. They are the actual compounds that exist in the pastics and the glass. This is almost pure chemistry but the pattern is there to understand what melting plastics and re-using them and melting glass and creating new items that can be shaped and used again. This is usually in the form of plastics for bottles and the same with glass, recycling, and reusing these types of materials in the world. The pattern helps scientists to think about recycling and how to actually do the process. The problem with chemistry patterns that are hidden below the surface in chemistry don’t really apply to primary school students which I teach.
This chemistry method, finding the pattern in nature, or in plastics, man made products. Glass is almost all natural I believe when they create it they do look to these patterns. Now, If I want to tackle science lessons, I want to find maybe other patterns that exist about recycling. The process in recycling, the pattern is the process, the symbol of recycling, helps to create a creative space in the mind and maybe a place where students, any students, can feel like, they can take a place in the process and the pattern. The pattern is there. Putting the bottles it the bin with the recycling symbol, the transport of the items, the basic understand of how one can melt plastics and melt glass to ‘reform’ or ‘re-pattern’ these items. This is the famous symbol that does have a pattern on it, which translates to the students as use, re-use, and reduce:
I wouldn’t every change this pattern if it is working but I know in some countries like the Philippines especially, during my many visits, I noticed a smell in the air, dense, and toxic. Most people burn plastics not recycle or re-use and really to eradicate. And then I saw the hand bag from India, made from plastic bags, of different colors, and re-used to make nice handbags, that are sold in London and New York City, for a great deal of money. The arrows of the symbol from the bins show the arrows moving in a circle. I want to re-create a pattern in the movement of thinking. I guess I love art and creations and I want to see plastics and glass, melted down if possible and ‘re-used’ to make new beautiful objects. This may even help many countries that don’t have the technology to melt and re-make melted plastic and glass into new objects.
This arrow chart pattern that scientists maid can be changed by having a pattern of recycling that goes to creating art. This is my hope, that the motivation for the ‘non’ recyclable items, can be brought to students attention. The re-using is the answer in many ways when teaching about the technology and techniques and the pattern of recyling. This pattern does excite students and it is a pattern you see everywhere you go around the world. But I never saw this pattern in the small rice towns in the Philippines. So, as a global citizen, and one who likes to teach science and art, why not take the re-using idea, and that everyday people can maybe make objects that serve this as art and make even practical inventions that haven’t been thought about.
Here are new patterns of melted plastics for examples and then see what they did with them. Art materials are expensive in the Philippines for example. These are the product of modernization and drinking or cooking as with vegetable oil bottles. Here are examples or the melting of plastics, ‘re-imagined, and re-patterned.’
Patterns and New Patterns
In patterns, one uses the existing physical, musical, structures, chemical ones, to create and learn from the world around oneself. With recycling I am not aware when it first started, with the melting processes, but from science and chemistry, there are patterns in the materials whether man made or natural. In this case, there are patterns that exist in plastics and their physical make up that help scientists be creative and create the best plastics that can be strong but also that can be melted down. Now, scientists must have tested materials and compounds that could be created to make a durable surface not from the natural world but by taking patterns that they saw in nature, the way that ‘bonds’ work and how things in the natural world are held together, created something from a pattern.
As a science teacher for small students we have to come up with our own patterns to get them to recycle and re-use and maybe even reduce use of plastics and to understand the process scienficially, as in what is happening to the plastics. This pattern of gathering the items, melting them down, and form them again, works in the arrow symbol that you see above. You know what will happen to your plastic if you put it in that bin. I want to continue to see science expand and see no plastic waste in the world. As a science teacher, and global citizen, I want to re-imagine this pattern and create other alternatives to re-using, if it is not possible to recycle a certain plastic or you don’t have a recycling center just around the corner as in Bulacan, Philippines, where my wife is from.
Now, what if students can see the new patterns, the patterns what people make in the name of art and fashion as with handbags from India, but this re-imaging can help students think more about the nature of plastics and maybe even get them interested in art, and hopefully, chemistry. The new patterns of making bracelets, or earrings, can make new patterns that have life and showing these patterns in science classes and on television and on the bins themselves may help with the evolution of recycling (or re-using) plastics and glass. I saw patterns in Santa Fe, New Mexico where they took old car parts and created giant beetles. Now this was amazing, taking material that couldn’t be melted down, the created an art pattern, based on welding.
Science can be a creative and fun subject and this get limited in classes where just the basics and the patterns that already exist. There is not much room for the writer’s to think about new patterns or suggest they exist. Patterns as a cognitive tool allow us to learn what exists in nature and what one can create. The scientists had to using the physical properties of their mixture in making plastics. The pattern is like a foundation of their scientific understanding but it can be changed over and over. This wasn’t covered in our text but blues songs, songs that have the same pattern or chords played by guitar or piano, helped musicians create music and expand the pattern, the ‘form’ or ‘structure’ of the song. Many young blues song writers can now re-imagine songs or even existing songs, based on a pattern that was already created.