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Eco-design web

The Eco-design web is a useful tool to help students’ analyse an existing product or design. It can also be used to indicate areas of the product that can be redesigned to improve its environmental sustainability.
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2010 to date

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Sustainability terms and definitions

Produced by Practical Action, these activities encourage students to think about different aspects of sustainability. This helps them to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of sustainability. In these activities, students consider the four areas of sustainability: * Economic *...
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2010 to date

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Winners and losers

This resource helps students think about who the winners and losers are when making product choices.
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2000 - 2009

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Let's negotiate

From Practical Action, this resource encourages students to look at how design specifications are balanced when developing new products.
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2000 - 2009

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Product pairs

Produced by Practical Action, this short activity introduces the various factors that influence the choice of consumers. Students consider different products and the reasons behind why they would or would not purchase them. The activity is a perfect introduction to sustainability and aims to help students think about...
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Belief circles

From Practical Action and the Royal Academy of Engineering, this short starter activity helps students to think about their own values and those of their peers in relation to the sustainability of engineering. The activity encourages an awareness of the impact of engineering on the environment and sustainability. It...
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2000 - 2009

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6R's explained

These resources consist of a presentation and activity sheets to support design and technology students aged 14-16. It helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of sustainable development and the use of precious resources. The 6 R's are:Rethink: what could be done differently?Refuse: are there materials a...
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2010 to date

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Design for a better world

Design for a better world is a design challenge for students aged 11-14 years. It offers students the opportunity to:Learn about the global goals for sustainable development.Access a range of global contexts including water and sanitation, food security and climate action in which to identify a design problem....
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2010 to date

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What is the role of a designer?

In this resource a presentation and linked activities provide design and technology teachers with opportunities to highlight the different values and beliefs that designers may hold. Students can engage in exploring their own values about the responsibilities of designers and companies too. The presentation ...
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Sustainability word search

This quick starter activity is a traditional word search grid that introduces students to some of the terms used in the topic of sustainable development. 
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