In this design and technology Key Stage 3 (KS3) lesson, students identify why they should recycle and how to encourage others to recycle more. Included are teacher resources for students to apply user-centred design principles to redesign a recycling bin to encourage recycling.
- Identify what can and cannot be recycled
- Describe how you currently recycle
- Analyse trends in recycling behaviours
- Examine the different ways to recycle different materials
- Design a new method of recycling based on user-centred design.
- What things can I recycle? (10 mins)
Students look at images of objects and group them into things that they believe can and cannot be recycled.
- How do you recycle? (10 mins)
Students complete survey on what they do and do not recycle. They then tally a score to find out how good they are at recycling compared to their peers.
- What happens when we recycle? (10 mins)
Recycling has lots of steps. Students investigate how to mechanically recycle a plastic bottle by ordering each step.
- What would a user-centred recycling bin look like? (25 mins)
Applying new knowledge of what can and cannot be recycled, alongside the survey data of recycling behaviours, students design a user centred recycling bin.
- What can be recycled? (5 mins)
Students complete a quiz testing their knowledge of what can be recycled.