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Sustainable Education In HZCIS

For a long time, adults have been the ones who made the rules and kids were raised to follow them, that’s how it’s been for a long time. But we are going into a new era of student-led learning and things are starting to change, and with the new pressing issues of climate change, this is how HZCIS tackled the plastic waste issues in their community.


The bigger picture of the project was: Examine single-use plastics in your school community leading an appreciation of sustainability and consideration. You will develop a wide range of detailed and appropriate design/marketing specifications which justify the requirements for the design of a solution. You will produce a design which is a creative and innovative solution to their design brief. enjoy the design process, develop an appreciation of In the Hangzhou Chinese International School, an idea was proposed by Mr Murphy, my design teacher. The idea was to get the students to come up with solutions on how to solve this design challenge: “How can we reduce the reliance of single-use plastics in our community?”. Before this, HZCIS had been promoting sustainability for a long time, by doing various projects and implementing various rules about recycling and energy usage. This project was not the beginning of something but it was the next step of sustainability in the school community.


It’s elegance and power. You will develop knowledge, understanding and skills from different disciplines to design and create solutions to problems using the design cycle. You will use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, model and create solutions, and to solve problems. To develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society and environments.


The students not only learned design skills but are now more aware of the modern issues of climate change. The project started by students researching and investigating plastic waste issues in their community and using that knowledge to brainstorm ideas. With their new ideas, students developed semi-functional prototypes that could potentially solve issues in the school community.


As a student at this school, I was interested in working on this project. I teamed up with another student who had many skills in design technology. At first, I couldn’t think of an idea, but as we began our secondary research and investigated some issues in our community, we had started to come up with some ideas. Some issues we had investigated include Yogurt cups, Plastic cups (bubble tea), food plastic waste and so on. The first idea was to create reusable yoghurt cups. This was a big issue because the cafeteria would buy lots of yoghurt in disposable plastic cups. Although finding a solution to this would have been great, we decided not to go with this idea because it was quite an uninteresting idea and it would be hard to implement as the school had already bought many yoghurts. For the food plastic waste issue, we couldn't think of an idea that everyone would want and/or that would be simple to implement (it would require the school to step in and modify how they buy different foods).