Year 12 Design Technology students are working toward completing their certificate issued by Products Innovation Institute in 'Designing Cradle to Cradle Certified Products for the Circular Economy'. Students have been studying Resource Management & Sustainable Production and later will learn more about Sustainability linking conversations students had last year when the Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Hon. Trevor Evans visited the campus to discuss the Circular Economy and Waste Reduction.
Attaining the certificate by Products Innovation Institute has shifted the focus and direction of some of the student-led Extended Essay Research Topics and reinforces the International Baccalaureates cross curricular approach providing links for students in their aligned studies with Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS), Business and CAS.
Stefanie Stan, Year 12 provided us with her reflection of this activity.
As our final year as IB Design Technology students has begun, we (DT Year 12 students) were given the amazing opportunity to study an online course called “Designing Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products for the Circular Economy course" which allows us to learn about designing safe, circular, and responsible products and materials made for the future. The course consisted of 5 main principles: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy and Carbon Management, Water Stewardship, and Social Fairness.
Throughout this experience, I found it very interesting to learn about the careful requirements that designers must pay attention to regarding their choice of materials. Instead of solely focusing on availability and how cheap a material is, it is useful to also consider the lifetime of the product and whether it is a circular cycle i.e., being reusable, or potentially hurting the environment instead.
Ultimately, I think this course allowed us design students to start thinking in a larger global context to consider how our products and designs will impact the world not only now, but in the future as well. On completion, we received certificates to award our efforts in helping build a more sustainable future in the world as we know it. This offers us opportunities in our future if we decided to pursue an interest or career in design, and especially in the fields of sustainability – we will remember how great it was that we got to do this for school and be able to add this to resumes as well!
Stefanie Stan, Year 12