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3RC (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost)
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In this lesson, students expand their understanding of solid waste management to include the idea of 3RC (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost). They will look at the effects of packaging decisions (reducing) and learn about engineering advancements in packaging materials and solid waste management. Also, they will observe biodegradation in a model landfill (composting).

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Design a Net-Zero Energy Classroom
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Students create a concept design of their very own net-zero energy classroom by pasting renewable energy and energy-efficiency items into and around a pretend classroom on a sheet of paper. They learn how these items (such as solar panels, efficient lights, computers, energy meters, etc.) interact to create a learning environment that produces as much energy as it uses.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
William Surles
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Designing a Package that Works
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Student teams act as engineers and brainstorm, design, create and test their ideas for packaging to protect a raw egg shipped in a 9 x 12-in envelope. They follow the steps of the engineering design process and aim for a successful solution with no breakage, low weight, minimal materials and recyled/reused materials. Students come to understand the multi-faceted engineering considerations associated with the packaging of items to preserve, market and safely transport goods.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Martha Cyr
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Environment
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Through 10 lessons and more than 20 hands-on activities, students are introduced to the concept of an environment and the many interactions within it. As they learn about natural and human-made environments, as well as renewable and non-renewable natural resources, they see how people use our planet's natural resources and the many resulting environmental issues that exist in our world today. Topics include: solid waste disposal; the concepts of reduce, reuse, recycle and compost; the causes and effects of water pollution and the importance of water treatment and clean-up methods; air pollution and air quality and the many engineering technologies to prevent it and clean it up; land use and community planning, seeing how decisions made by people have a long-term impact on our natural world; and renewable energy sources, seeing how solar, water and wind energy can be transformed into electricity. In the hands-on activities, students: create a yarn "web" to identify environmental interactions, which they tally and graph; use Moebius strips (loops of paper with a half twist) to demonstrate the environmental interconnectedness and explore natural cycles (water, oxygen/carbon dioxide, carbon, nitrogen); conduct an environmental issue survey to gather and graph data and use an opinion spectrum; brainstorm ways that they use and waste natural resources; use cookies to simulate the distribution of nonrenewable resources; collect, categorize, weigh and analyze classroom solid waste for a week; build and observe a model landfill; evaluate alternative product packaging; use models to investigate the process and consequences of water contamination; design and build water filters; observe and discuss a balloon model of an electrostatic precipitator; build particulate matter collectors; observe and discuss a model of a wet scrubber; dig into the newspaper's daily air quality index; act as community planning engineers to determine optimal structure placement in a community; investigate the thermal storage properties of sand, salt, water and paper to evaluate their suitability as passive solar thermal mass; design and create models for new waterwheels within time and material constraints; build model anemometers; and create publications to communicate what they have learned.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Global Nomads Group: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Waste Curriculum With Thad Copeland from GrowNYC (One Week Lesson Plan)
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The Wasted: Don't Trash the Earth curriculum asks students to examine the impact of the waste we locally and globally produce and seek creative solutions to reduce this wastefulness by answering the driving question: "How can we, as youth, rethink waste?"

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Interactive
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Author:
Global Nomads Group (GNG)
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Go Green: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, and Re-design a Plastic Grocery Bag
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This is a STEM unit that can be used in conjunction with ITEEA EbD TEEMS Grade 2 Our Environment, Our Health Unit. Further, teachers might want to use this STEM Unit with environmental units and Earth Day. Students learn about their positive and negative impact on their environment. Students learn that they can have a positive impact on their environment when they use the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Redesign process.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jessica Redcay
Date Added:
12/05/2018
How Does Recycling Keep Our Town Clean and Protect Future Generations
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Our resource is recycling and helping students develop a good understanding the importance of recycling and actually how to recycle. Recycling on an everyday basis will help the students in the future keep the environment clean as well.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Gracie Scott
Date Added:
10/10/2016
Life Cycles
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In this lesson, students will extend their knowledge of matter and energy cycles in an organism to engineering life cycle assessment of a product. Students will learn about product life cycle assessment and the flow of energy through the cycle, comparing it to the flow of nutrients and energy in the life cycle of an organism.

Subject:
Engineering
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Kaelin Cawley
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Making Decisions: Packaging and the Environment
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Students redesign and justify the packaging used in consumer products. Design criteria include reducing the amount of packaging material by 25%.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
K. M. Samuelson
Martha Cyr
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Product Development and the Environment
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Students investigate the life cycles of engineered products and how they impact the environment. They use a basic life cycle assessment method that assigns fictional numerical values for different steps in the life cycle. Then they use their analyses to compare the impacts of their products to other products, and suggest ways to reduce environmental impact based on their analyses.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Kaelin Cawley
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Recycle City
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Welcome to Recycle City! There's lots to do here - people and places to visit and plenty of ways to explore how the city's residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste. To get started, just click on any section of Recycle City that you want to tour, or click on the Dumptown Game. You can create your own Recycle City scavenger hunt or go to the Activities area and see other ways you can explore Recycle City. When you leave this place, you'll know much more about what you can do to help protect the environment.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Recycled Towers
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Students learn about material reuse by designing and building the strongest and tallest towers they can, using only recycled materials. They follow design constraints and build their towers to withstand earthquake and high wind simulations.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Jake Crosby
Jonathan McNeil
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
William Surles
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Recycling Flow Chart
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Alberta Education Program of Study 1-6General Learner Expectation:Recognize that human activity can lead to the production of wastes, and identifyalternatives for the responsible use and disposal of materials.Specific Learning Expectation: • I can develop a flow chart for a consumer product that indicates the source materials, final product, its use and method of disposal

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Nicole Londry
Recycling For Kids
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This resource is a potential activity for my 1st grade classroom. It offers a way of learning through hands on experience, collaboration and use of different technology to assess their knowledge of the material at hand. The importance of recycling is immense for all members of society, so therefore educating the young generations of this importance at an early age is vital. Our students will gain the knowledge needed to understand this importance and be able to share their knowledge to their peers and surrounding classmates through a movie in order to help our environment/planet in the long run.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Interactive
Author:
Charlotte Rosenbloom
Date Added:
10/10/2016
Say Goodbye to Waste
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These lessons were created with the aim of highlighting the need to reduce waste and being more sustainable. The lessons are targeted for Second Level Primary School Children (Primary 4-7) with Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Areas in Expressive Arts, Science, Social Studies and Technologies.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson
Author:
Deanna Chaytor
Date Added:
04/29/2019
Trash, Recycle or Compost?
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Throwing items away is a part of our daily life. Most people are used to throwing away their food and recycling their plastic bottles; however, there is more to know about properly disposing of our waste. In this seminar, you will learn to differentiate between trash, recyclable, and compostable items. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to use deductive reasoning skills to determine the proper waste receptacle for items in your everyday life.Standards 3.4.5.B2Describe how waste may be appropriately recycled or disposed of to prevent unnecessary harm to the environment.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Date Added:
10/25/2017
Trash Talkin'
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Students collect, categorize, weigh and analyze classroom solid waste. The class collects waste for a week and then student groups spend a day sorting and analyzing the garbage with respect to recyclable and non-recyclable items. They discuss ways that engineers have helped to reduce the accumulation of solid waste.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015