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In this project, students will be challenged to rethink and redesign a disposable plastic product to eliminate waste. After a lesson starter video about plastic and its effect on the environment, students will be split into teams to go through a design workbook. Exercises include product life cycle research, interviewing people to create audience profiles, defining design criteria based on human feedback, ideation, sketching and participating in a 3D design video tutorial to gain the necessary skills to create their own unique prototypes.

Included Resources

Curriculum alignment documents (ISTE, NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum Standards)

Example 3D model of a circular economy toothbrush concept (STL)

Design workbooks and activity templates (PDF and Google Docs)

Plastic toothbrush journey video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

Video design tutorials in Tinkercad and Fusion 360 (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

Assessment rubric (Google Docs and PDF)