Imagination At Play

Turn your imagination into science at Polymer Play. Classroom hypotheses become material experiments when you create your own polymers. Using technology such as laser cutters, power tools and vacuum seals, apply science and math to design real projects by making your own bio-plastic or by recycling plastics into new materials. With guidance from scientists, designers and engineers, your team will design and build a final group project to be exhibited to the community. Plastics, proteins, power – what will you create at Polymer Play?

The Polymer Play series is made possible by a grant from the Cognizant Making the Future program. Additional support for FirstHand is provided by The Dow Chemical Company’s DowGives Program and Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty Company.

Polymer Play is 2.5 hours, once a week for 10 weeks.


“We made bioplastic cups and then we used them as plant holders. That’s one of the best things I’ve ever made.”


8th grader at KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory, on his favorite project.

"Talking to curious students reminds me of how awesome and exciting science is."

Alexis Smith

Lab Technician at Rosetta Genomics, on why she decided to get involved with FirstHand.