More than half of students from low‑income households
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Eco Chair 3000
My students need duct tape and a cutting medium to recreate their Eco Boom Chair design creation directly on the site of their next level competition at Nationals.
As a rookie team, students in our TSA(Technology Student Association) won three 3rd place trophies at State Competition. They now have an opportunity to participate at the Nationals. They will use these materials to make the design creation even more appealing and re-produce it on site of Nationals.
Students in the club represent various ethnic groups, genders (which is very unusual for a "tech" club) and religions.
They attend a school in which 57% of the students are on free-reduced lunch as well. At this time, there are no funds for material purchases.
These resources will add the appeal needed to ensure the students' product design win not only as it did at the State level but also at the National level. Students came up with the idea of making a cardboard boom chair using duct tape. The key to their design was problem solving and designing the product in a way that it would support students of various sizes. They tested it out and it held students who weighed as much as 250 pounds. At our state competition, everybody loved it and tried to sit in it. They would love to submit the product we used at competition but it would cost more to ship it vs reproducing it on site. This time, with these materials, it would be more kid friendly rather than just in the traditional aluminum color of duct tape which may increase their chances to be just as successful at the national competition. Also, it will allow students to justify the fact that the chair is easy to reproduce making it more appealing during competitions.
Our project was the result of students' using ordinary materials that people would throw away and learning how to transform it in a way that it could be useful.
This project developed students' aptitude to recycle, reuse and upcycle which is necessary in our world today in order to increase the sustainability of the planet. Thus, not only do kids have fun but also learning life-long skills that will not only help them economically and resourcefully but others as well thus promoting citizenship.
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