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View Resource Trash Stool Project

This document from Tami Katz provides an outline for a classroom unit on designing a stool using only disposable and recyclable materials. In the project, students will consider the question: "What is trash?" and the differences between disposable and recyclable materials. The activity is intended to be done in small groups; this unit was used in an interior design level 2/3 course. This...

View Resource Consumer Product Disassembly Lesson

This document from Joe Orzali provides a classroom unit on consumer product disassembly. Students are asked to "critically analyze the life cycle of products," which will help them better understand larger related concepts like systems thinking, global climate change, ecological preservation and how what we buy and how items are produced impacts our environment. This document may be downloaded...

View Resource Recycled Aluminum Ornaments

This lesson plan from ATEEC will explain the principles of recycling. The activity would be most appropriate for technology studies or high school science classes. In all, it would require 2-5 hours of class time to complete. The purpose of the lesson is to demonstrate how aluminum is recycled. This laboratory activity does require some special equipment including a heat source capable of melting...

View Resource Pre-cycle, Then Recycle!

This lesson plan from ATEEC will instruct students on the principles of recycling waste stream reduction. The activity would be most appropriate for technology studies or high school science classes. In all, it would require two hours of class time and about one hour for a field trip activity. The purpose of the lesson is to create a display in a grocery store to show people how to reduce the...

View Resource Don't Throw it in the Garbage: Investigating the Classification and Processing of Recycled Products

The Materials Science and Technology Teacher's Workshop (MAST) provides this lesson plan for students learning about polymers. The exercise will investigate the use of the "three arrow numbering system" for recycling polymers. The lab covers classes of polymers, their uses and physical properties of some thermoplastics. The procedure should take about 40-45 minutes of class time. Discussion...

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