Focusing on Education
First, during the DO stage, students began by researching, prototyping, seeking feedback, re-designing their edible water bottles. After many attempts, they decided that the product would not lead towards the impact they wanted to make. Students reflected, “We failed, but did not give up and learned that failing is learning.” As a result, they shifted their focus on their education campaign and their recycling program because they knew that the collective action of the students at their school could reduce plastics more than creating the edible water bottles. As a part of these efforts, students created an educational game for their school, planned and executed a whole-school assembly, wrote a song, set up and managed the recycling process during lunch, engaged in Twitter challenges, created a skit and a TED Talk that they performed at a community festival and created educational materials about plastics and alternatives for their peers and broader community. They also made videos for the Design for Change Global Children’s Summit and for the no.more.plastics.challenge.