Circular Economy Challenge
Consider the challenge of developing a circular economy. Each team of learners develops and presents ideas for sustainable approaches to how items are made and used.
Design Problem: Develop a solution that fits within a circular economy. Your design should make one or more stages of a product life cycle more sustainable.
Grade Levels: 7-12
Duration: Four sessions (60 minutes each)
Concepts/Skills: Sustainability, environment, linear and circular economy, brainstorming, problem-solving, communication, systems design
Objectives: Students will...
- Describe the difference between a linear and circular economy.
- Create plans for shifting an item from a linear to a circular economy.
- Refine their solution based on feedback from another team.
- Present their ideas to communicate the problem, the solution, and its potential impact.