Practical Action: sustainable D&T

Practical Action teaching resources which embed sustainability issues into all aspects of D&T. They unpack sustainability terms such as the 6Rs’, present a range of design briefs/STEM challenges set in global context and evaluation tools. Suitable for ages 11-16.

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Winners and losers

This resource helps students think about who the winners and losers are when making product choices.

Line ups

In this activity students literally form a line to demonstrate their understanding of  the environmental, economic and social impact of everyday products, then discuss and debate.  The activity helps them understand the impact of everyday products throughout their life cycle from manufacturing to disposal.

Less is more!

This resource gets students to look at how a product could be redesigned to require less packaging. Companies are being encouraged to develop ‘environmentally-smart’ retail packaging design. In this activity, students are challenged to redesign a familiar product so that it has less (and more sustainable) packaging...

Fair trade textiles

From Practical Action, these materials help students to look at Fair Trade and sustainable development. It poses the question: Is there any way in which the London Olympics in 2012 and future Olympics can contribute to making the world a fairer, more sustainable place?

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