The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, biology, design technology, geography, citizenship and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 10-15. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.
In this project students will:
develop an understanding of the life cycle of plastics and their implications on natural resources, the environment and society
go through a human-centred design and research process, including the analysis of questionnaire data, to acquire information to inform their zero-waste toothbrush designs
use design-thinking and sketching skills in teams to develop a concept for a 'zero-waste' toothbrush
use 3D modelling software to design a 'zero-waste' toothbrush
use 3D printers to manufacture a 'zero-waste' toothbrush prototype
analyse their work and the work of their peers to suggest improvements to their designs