From milk bottles and grocery bags to contact lenses and diapers, polymers influence nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Through hands-on activities, readings, and interactive lessons, we will examine the role polymers have played, both positive and negative, on our society and world. The course will start with a general chemistry background in chemical structure. Then we will examine the impact of common plastics before exploring how polymers have influenced specific fields, including parts fabrication (e.g. 3D printing), dentistry, and electronics. During the course, students will have the opportunity to create their own biodegradable plastic as well as practice science communication through two separate projects: creating a stop-motion animation video and a 30-min group presentation.