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May 29, 2013
Washington-based ISRI said in a news release that it is working with the Mystic, Conn.-based Jason Learning, a non-profit organization which has a goal of educating America’s youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and inspiring students to pursue careers in those areas, to develop a curriculum that uses scrap and recycling as a real-world model.
As part of the collaboration, ISRI members will invite school Jason classes to visit scrap yards and recycling facilities to see the business in action.
The visits will be the culmination of a standards-based curriculum module developed by Jason Learning and ISRI to educate students about multiple scientific, technological and engineering disciplines and how they are applied in a real-world industry.
ISRI said the scrap and recycling industry needs people trained in science, engineering and technology to develop new processes to recycle more waste and to build the equipment to make it happen.
“This partnership will show students how a career in science, technology or engineering can be put to use in the most practical way to make things that people need while at the same time conserving our natural resources,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener.
The lesson plans can be viewed at www.jason.org/partner/isri.
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Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.
Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.
Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.
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