Modules

  • 4 Lessons

    A Breath of Fresh Air

    Learners apply their knowledge to design a living, hanging green wall. Through this project, learners gain a deeper understanding of air quality, air pollution and the impacts of low-quality air on our health. 

    The living wall projects act as one solution (of many) for improved air quality within school spaces. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Brainstorming a Variety of Solutions

    Module 4 of 6. 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: 9-10

    Grade 9-10. Lessons will explore the cause and effect of climate change, focusing on the effects of particular human activities on the environment. Students will explore the impacts of climate change on human and non-human communities, developing critical thinking and building empathy whilst engaging in individual and collective actions to inspire positive change and move from anxiety to empowerment

  • 4 Lessons

    Choosing and Refining a Solution

    Module 5 of 6. 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

    Module 3 of 6. 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.
  • 4 Lessons

    Identifying Personal Strengths and Group Challenges

    Module 2 of 6. 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.
  • 4 Lessons

    Impact of Energy

    In this module, students learn about energy and why it is important to us. Students then unpack the different energy resources and learn the challenges presented by different energy technologies and end off thinking about how to resolve these pertinent energy challenges.

  • 4 Lessons

    Introducing Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship

    Module 1 of 6. 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.

  • 4 Lessons

    Powerful Public Spaces

    Public Spaces are vital and often overlooked aspects of our society. They serve huge functions for many various people, organisations and organisms. Creating safe and inclusive spaces that cater to all the stakeholders' needs is no easy task. 


    This broad module deals with Urban Design and challenges the participants to redesign spaces around them to become more inclusive, safer or greener. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Sharing the Vision

    Module 6 of 6. 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.
  • 4 Lessons

    Sustainable Eating

    This module goes into depth on what exactly is food, and what are some of the different reasons we value it. Students learn different farming practices, how sustainable they are and what some of the possible solutions are for food-related challenges.

  • 4 Lessons

    The Power of Water

    Water is an exceptionally finite resource which will become scarcer with the growth of the human population. We are required to develop innovative solutions for environmental challenges that relate to water consumption and conservation. This module looks at the fundamentals of water and some of the key and pressing challenges we are set to face as a global population. 
    This module involves creative and design thinking in its approach to learning more about water broadly. 

  • 4 Lessons

    Transforming Transportation

    In this module, students unpack problems inherent within current transportation systems across the world and start exploring different transportation habits.

  • 4 Lessons

    Weight of Waste

    This module deals with the hot topic of waste from a problem and challenge-oriented focus to that of a more solution-based focus. Learners will be engaged with the topic of waste from multiple perspectives, first understanding the topic as best as possible, and then making the move to understanding the broader impacts that waste poses to our environment and society. 
    The module ends with learners partaking in an upcycling competition, just one of the solutions available for managing and re-using waste available to us. 
    In thought-provoking and practical ways, this module makes waste relevant and fun. 

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