Green Machine is a twelve-week curriculum design collaboration to prototype three modules of science and engineering-based learning activities with a Science and Society focus for middle-schoolers.
The three modules are:
- H2O Friends or Foe? addresses water quality and access around the world by challenging youth to purify water;
- U Built It introduces engineering and architectural designs by challenging youth to build free-standing weight-bearing structures and create design briefs for futuristic buildings;
- Eco-Tiles explores green building through the design and creation of sustainable building tiles.
Each module is organized around a “big idea” and structured on a series of design challenges to encourage participants to work together to imagine and propose solutions with real impact.
As part of the Hive NYC Learning Network, Institute of Play was able to tap into the expertise of fellow Hive member organizations by convening them for “curriculum jams” to test and provide feedback before piloting the curriculum modules with youth.
This project was funded by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust in 2011.
A shareable and replicable resource of curriculum modules and worksheets as a first step toward exploring sustainability, design, and engineering in the informal learning space.