The Dumpster Project invites learners of all ages to rethink sustainability through the quirky task of turning a dumpster into a home. As we investigate the impacts of modern life, we will learn how a happy healthy (dumpster) home can help us have a happy healthy planet. The playful and imaginative tone of the Dumpster Project is integral to our educational mission. Our education program, the Dumpster Project ‘Home’ School has three components:
Home School Residency Program
Do you know a teacher who wants to seriously inspire his or her students to learn about sustainability? Nothing says commitment quite like staying in our dumpster home for a few nights! Educators can spend a night (or more!) in the dumpster through our Residency Program. We will help you plan a series of sustainability lessons around your stay.
Our sustainability curriculum for 5th and 7th grade science asks students to re-think familiar topics like Food, Water, Energy, Air, and Waste from the unconventional and engaging dumpster perspective. Hands-on investigations build scientific skills while students apply key STEM concepts to the challenges of dumpster life: How can we clean the Dumpster’s water supply? Can the Dumpster go zero energy? Why does waste matter? And ultimately, how much impact does one home have? Aligned to TEKS and NGSS.
Design Challenges – Coming Spring 2015!
As we build the dumpster into the ultimate sustainable home, we’ll need the best ideas students and teachers can give us! Partners like Skillpoint Alliance and Sol Design Lab will guide students through a design process to build workable dumpster tech that will go live on or in the dumpster itself. Stay tuned for progress or contact us if you have a project proposal you would like your group to tackle.