Source: Sustainable Smartphone
This challenge looks really good for an environmental/engineering project. It would be a great start to Genius Hour. I’m wondering if I should point this out to some of my kids who are having problems with finding a topic for our Genius Hour this year. I like how it is using technology that the students use in everyday life. You might say ugh smartphones, but I think this is a good way to show the impact of smartphones on the environment to our students. I have to give credit to Mrs. Chen who did this for her National Geographic Certification Capstone. The project has fours parts to it. Hope this idea can work in your class.
Your challenge has four parts:
First. explore the social, economic, and environmental impacts of smartphone raw materials mining, manufacturing, and disposal and identify impacts that could be addressed by new smartphone materials and technology.
Second, evaluate new materials and technology that could mitigate the impacts that you identified.
Third, use design thinking to identify the component(s) of the mobile phone that could be made more sustainable with a change in materials.
Fourth, present your design research proposal.