STEM Lesson Plan & Activities - MBot or Edison Year 8/9

Automated collection and sorting of household waste for recycling and reduction of landfill. (Sustainability as a cross curriculum priority)

Activities

Problems to solve

Environmental impacts of waste

Use Wall-E as stimulus material

Why is waste a problem?

Types of waste- recyclable, reusable and refuse

Classifications of waste and what can be processed? What goes to landfill or can be reused?

Classifications?

Household production of waste.

Amounts of waste produced from a global scale to individual house level.

Contact with local council to collect data of waste.

Current practises of waste collection and processing

Local practise looking at costing and time frames

What practises are currently used in local area

Design of an autonomous vehicle for waste collection within their local neighbourhood (Mindstorm)

How will the vehicle be programmed?

Size, safety and efficiency… How it will be collected and transported?

Testing in a scaled environment

 

Design of an automated system for sorting recyclable, reusable and refuse.

How will the vehicle be programmed?

Size, safety and efficiency… How it will be classified and sorted?

Test within the school environment

 

Extension: Applying within the school environment