These resources were written to introduce you to the subjects of circular economy, sustainable development and raw materials (with a focus on critical raw materials) and will show you how you can increase student awareness of these current societal challenges that European agencies are seeking to address.
The teaching resources will outline how you can bring these topics, which are relevant to everyone in society, in particular young people, into your lessons. The field of raw materials includes topics from chemistry, technology, geology and the environment, and crosses over to physics, biology, history, business, economics, politics and society. The field of raw materials lends itself as a base for exploring many challenges facing 21st century society. Students can develop a better understanding of raw material use and the importance of critical raw materials in shaping our society and our future.The teaching resources were co-authored by Penny Humby, Sean McClenaghan and Rachel Kavanagh (Trinity College Dublin) in collaboration with Armida Torreggiani (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche). Various others have contributed, coordinated by Dörte Pommerening. The associated toolkits were created by RM@Schools researchers and teachers from across Europe. The project received support from EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.