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Upcycling: Green Garden Unit

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Climate & Environment

Math & Economics

Science

Help your school and community by upcycling common pollutants into a garden!

avatar Submitted By: Mark Grundel

March 26, 2018

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Upcycled Tire Wall Planters

Creative Use of Upcycling a Tire

36 Completely Genius Trash-to-Treasure Crafts

Before and After examples, with pictures of Upcycled Projects, Including Coffee Can Planters.http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/craft-ideas/how-to/g139/g

25 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Stuff

More Around the house Upcycling projects and ideas, including Trash Can Planters

Supporting Files

Sample Garden Export


Image of garden exported into Mixed Reality using a structure block.

Sample Garden


Sample Garden screenshot, using CodeBuilder to execute the code for the garden. Taken at E2 for Educator Challenge.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will work collaboratively to develop a written plan of their Green Garden on graph paper.
  • Students will be able to develop a working model of their Green Garden based on their design in Minecraft: Education Edition.
  • Students will calculate the area and perimeter of their Green Garden, based on design in Minecraft: Education Edition and written plan. Students will estimate the volume of cost of materials needed to construct the garden
  • Student will record the step by step process which they used to develop their garden in Minecraft: Education Edition.
  • Students will export their model using a structure block and overlay it in Mixed Reality Viewer to overlay outside of the school.
  • Students will share their plans with a local building or engineering team to receive feedback and improve the design of their Green Garden.
  • Extension - Students will Code their Green Garden model in Minecraft: Education Edition, using Code Connection.
  • Bonus - Students will construct the garden in or around the school, potentially in collaboration with a local business or organization

Guiding Ideas

What are the common causes of pollution in our local community?

How can we promote a cleaner, greener environment in and around our school and community?

What materials and items do we need in order to construct a Green Garden?

How do we estimate and calculate the cost of a building project using Minecraft?

How can we collaborate with experts, locally and globally to receive feedback and improve our ideas and learning?

Student Activities

In this lesson students will work in collaborative groups to construct a working model of their Green Garden.

Students will determine "Project Leads" for roles, such as Master Builder, Chief Scientist, Computational Expert, and Algorithmisist.

Master Builder – Lead builder and designer

Chief Scientist - research common materials used to construct a garden as well as pollutants in the area. Research creative ways to upcycle these materials for uses in a garden

Computational Expert – uses algorithms to calculate area, perimeter, and volume of garden and quantities of materials used

Algorithmisist – Records step by step actions taken in order to reconstruct the project in Minecraft for another group

*All Roles are interdependent and each group member works on all roles, but each Lead is responsible for that job.

This unit may kick-off with a litter clean up, having students walk around the school, neighborhood or community and collect garbage. Students then record what garbage has been collected and brainstorm how it can be upcycled. Students will then determine where on the school property their Green Garden will be constructed. This may be a rooftop location, an empty field/lot in the school, a courtyard, patio, etc. Students will measure and calculate the dimensions needed for their garden. *Garden can be plant, vegetable, flower, etc, as well as birdhouses, etc. Be creative with space and materials!

Students will plan their garden on graph paper to determine the outline of the Garden and overall structure. Once a plan has been agreed upon and drawn, students will then recreate the Green Garden in Minecraft: Education Edition. Students will research additional common pollutants in their area and determine creative uses of how to upcycle these materials into objects which can be used in a Green Garden. For example, the teacher may choose tires as a common pollutant and model ways in which tires can be upcycled in a garden: ground up for mulch topping, stacked for planters, stacked as a barrier around the garden, similar to a fence, etc.

Students will also begin researching local engineers, architects, and landscapers who may be able to assist them in their build. Students may choose to Skype with environmental scientists to discover new ways in which to upcycle pollutants. The teacher may choose to invite someone locally to come in and speak as a guest speaker or have a whole class Guest Speaking Skype Session.

Using the structure block, students will export a model of their garden and overlay it in the pre-planned area of the school. Students will share that image with their collaborator (above) and receive feedback on their project. Students will iterate on their design.

Students will calculate resources used as well as using algorithms to determine area, perimeter, and volume of the garden and materials used. If permissible, students will construct the actual Green Garden outside of their school, perhaps in collaboration with local businesses.

 

Performance Expectations

To determine a local environmental pollutant and creative ways to upcycle the material.

Design an environmentally friendly garden on paper and in Minecraft.

Calculate the area, perimeter of garden and quantities and costs of materials needed.

Collaborate with local businesses and global experts on the project and receive feedback to improve their design.

Explain why a material was used and how it was creatively upcycled for the purpose of a cleaner, greener school and environment.

 

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Upcycled Tire Wall Planters

Creative Use of Upcycling a Tire

36 Completely Genius Trash-to-Treasure Crafts

Before and After examples, with pictures of Upcycled Projects, Including Coffee Can Planters.http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/craft-ideas/how-to/g139/g

25 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Stuff

More Around the house Upcycling projects and ideas, including Trash Can Planters

Supporting Files

Sample Garden Export


Image of garden exported into Mixed Reality using a structure block.

Sample Garden


Sample Garden screenshot, using CodeBuilder to execute the code for the garden. Taken at E2 for Educator Challenge.