The purpose of this project was for participants to explore the following six key issues / areas suggested by Design Squad Global:
Help people stay healthy
Help people stay safe
Protect the environment
Improve our school
Make older people’s lives better
Make children’s lives better
Children brainstormed the key issues and were tasked with ranking the top 3 priorities. Once the priorities were identified the solutions started flowing. The children selected Help people stay healthy in their environment (designing a dustbin to help keep the environment clean).
During this session the participants focused on turning their dustbin design into a prototype. Participants discussed and assigned tasks on how they were going to begin building their prototype with the materials they were supplied.
Participants successfully worked in groups, coordinating their efforts and clearly communicating to reach their goal.
Tactics such as using duct tape to secure the plastic and ensure it will not break were used. The child explained, “We are adding extra sticky tape to make sure that it is strong and so that it will not break” said one of the participants.
They further explained that they used a plastic inside stating, “We have put a black garbage bag inside to test if it would fit. When the bag becomes full it can be emptied in the big dustbins outside”
The children’s satisfaction at the end was healthy, “We are very happy with our dustbin. We think it will work because we designed it well and built it well.”
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