Modules

  • 4 Lessons

    Brainstorming a Variety of Solutions

    In this module, students begin generating solutions to the design question they explored in Module 3. They look at several ideas from different perspectives, examining the assumptions and beliefs they bring to those ideas. Students organize their ideas around themes and pick one as the design solution that best fits their priorities. Then they make their design solution idea more tangible with a sketch, talking points, and quick model. Students refine and improve their solution idea by soliciting feedback from their peers.
  • 4 Lessons

    Changing Climates – Grades 7-8

    Lessons will engage in the science and emotions of climate change allowing students to understand cause and effect and the effects of human activities on the environment.

    They will explore the impacts of climate change on human and non-human communities, developing critical thinking and building empathy whilst exploring individual and collective actions to inspire positive change.

  • 4 Lessons

    Choosing and Refining a Solution

    In this module,students take their chosen design solution to another level by assessing its strengths and weaknesses against the triple-bottom line, by creating a business model to describe their fine-tuned plan, by prototyping and iterating, and then by creating a strategic action plan. With continuous feedback from their stakeholders, this module helps convert their idea into reality and prepares them to begin sharing and selling their solutions in the final module.
  • 4 Lessons

    Exploring the Issue at Greater Depth

    The purpose of this module is for students to explore in greater depth the design problem that interests them. Continue to encourage students to avoid thinking of solutions - that will happen in the next module. For now, they are looking at various aspects and angles of the problem itself to form a better understanding of the problem and to develop empathy for people who are affected by it. Students participate in various activities and conduct research to better understand the problem, to gain insights and build empathy with stakeholders, and to investigate existing design solutions.
  • 7 Lessons

    From Linear to Circular – A Product Redesign

    How much do we really know about how the everyday products we use were actually made; or where the material needed is sourced; or who was involved in the processes that brought the product into your hands? This module takes the learners on a journey of unpacking all the details of the processes and resources used in producing, transporting and disposing everyday products.

    Learners are tasked with identifying a product they use relatively often, and modifying it to become less harmful on the environment and human health; more local, and to become a part of the functioning and growing Circular Economy.

    This project encompasses Project-based Learning and challenges the learners to learn through the process of better understanding how a particular product is made and then attempting to better that to be geared toward a more sustainable future. 

  • 2 Lessons

    How Did I Get Here?

    This module looks at transport and assesses the alternatives that we have available to us in an urban environment. It will challenge learners to rethink their transportation habits within their contexts as well as to link their transport to their impact on the environment. 
    The future will consist of many transport alternatives, and changing habits effectively happens at a young age. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Identifying Personal Strengths and Group Challenges

    The purpose of this module is for students to discover who they are and what they are passionate about. Over the course of the module, students will begin to understand the correlation between personal and organizational business modeling as well as the importance of self-reflection. The module ends with students formulating a design question to help them address a real-world social or environmental problem they want to solve.
  • 3 Lessons

    Imagining Zero Waste

    This is one of the more exciting modules that practically engage the learners throughout. Starting with a zero-waste campaign, the learners gain a sense of awareness and passion for educating the community around key aspects of waste challenges. Learners then conduct a personal waste audit, enlightening them to their own waste consumption and management. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Introducing Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship

    In this module, students explore the impact social entrepreneurs can have on society. They examine case studies of actual social entrepreneurs, exploring their “entrepreneurial mindset”, key motivating factors, and different ways their social ventures have affected change and achieved financial stability. Students also learn the concept of sustainable intelligence and key principles of sustainability. Students then use what they’ve learned to begin framing their own motivation and mindset for an entrepreneurial project.

  • 1 Lesson

    Introducing Sustainable Intelligence – Middle School

    This lesson sets the stage for students to develop sustainable intelligence. They begin by playing an interactive game that illustrates how innocent actions can turn into unsustainable practices that impact everyone and the Earth we call home. Students then discuss how the game illustrates a concept called the tragedy of the commons. Next, they watch a video and discuss the concept of sustainability. Together, the elements of this lesson help students create a base of understanding from which they can begin to exercise sustainability thinking as they analyse and explore a range of topics and apply what they learn in their everyday lives. 

  • 3 Lessons

    Me, You and Water

    A relevant and personal learning journey focusing on our own water consumption and associated impacts on the environment. Learners undergo a personal waste audit and heavily assess household items which have an impact on the quality of water. 

    Water will always be the most precious natural resource, and understanding it to the fullest goes a long way!

  • 3 Lessons

    My Carbon Footprint

    In this module, students examine their energy habits and choices in terms of a "carbon footprint". Students start to understand how their individual actions impact the global environment. Students then start learning about alternative energy resources that are appropriate for their community.

  • 3 Lessons

    My Foodprint

    This module, students learn how biotechnology has led to advancements in agricultural science and explore the pros and cons of genetically modified organisms (GMO's). Students keep exploring where their food is produced and how their food choices impact the environment. The modules concludes with a focus on how to transition into a healthier, sustainable food diet.

     

  • 3 Lessons

    My Public Spaces

    Our public spaces are undoubtedly important aspects of our society, for many different reasons. But how much do we know about how they were and are designed? Or how they could become more inclusive? Or how they could become greener and more sustainable spaces? 


    Find out with this module which challenges its participants to think broadly and creatively. 

  • 12 Lessons

    Rewriting the Market Day

    This module deals with the key concepts of Resource use and Conservation by challenging the learners to rethink about their EMS market day product. The learners will be challenged to assess to overall impact of their products in terms of the resources used in the production, transportation and disposal phases. They will be tasked with redesigning their market day product to be less wasteful, and to form a part of a Circular Economy, rather than a Linear one. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Sharing the Vision

    In this final module, students learn how to share information about their business solutions in a clear and effective manner. Students create an informational presentation, an elevator pitch, an executive summary, a brand identity kit, and other materials to help them effectively promote their business. Then they plan and execute a launch party to share their business product, service, or concept with the community.
  • 3 Lessons

    The Air We Breathe

    The air we breathe has a direct impact on our personal health. This module explores the concepts of air quality and its impact on our health. Through a personal air eco-audit, participants are enlightened as to what air they breathe in on a regular basis and the associated impacts of such.

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