Is your school sustainable?
- As a class, consider your own classroom and school environment. Brainstorm a list of things that are not sustainable because of the materials they are made from or the energy sources they use.
- Complete an energy audit of your school, as in Live Well, Live Wisely!
- Find out as much as you can about some typical school meals. Are they sustainable?
- Visit a local primary or special school and make a list of any resources that it particularly needs. Could you make any of them in design and technology lessons?
- Think about the students in San Martin who use waste products for different purposes. Bring in a selection of waste materials from your home and brainstorm the things you might make.
DMAs (resistant materials)
- Carry out an audit of your weekly rubbish at home or at school. Make a list of what your school, or a local primary school, could reclaim and reuse.
- Complete a product analysis of a product in your classroom, or of the classroom itself. Make sure you find out details such as technical specifications and the materials it is made from.
- Find out what happens to the waste from your school kitchen. How much is compostable? Is it made into compost?
- Find out what happens to the paper waste from your school. Is it divided appropriately into different types (e.g. glossy, plain, newsprint)? Is any of it reused (e.g. for photocopying worksheets)?
- Design and make a resource for either your own or another school. The resource should be based on need and should be made from materials that have been reclaimed or that have a low environmental impact.
- Design and make a rubbish bin for your classroom or home that would separate different materials for reuse or recycling.