Appendix F: Extension Activities
To extend the lesson, students may actually create the winning T-shirt design. Although they may not be able to adhere strictly to their design proposal, they could source environmentally friendly plain T-shirts, use a T-shirt screen printing shop or print their design on T-shirt transfer paper to create T-shirts for each member of the class.
In addition, the More To Explore and STEM Career Connection boxes on the website invite students to get to know scientists and designers who are making positive environmental impacts. Students who are motivated by one or more of these videos may be interested in completing an alternative final project. Students may be encouraged to design an environmentally friendly product such as the packaging they learned about in Package Design video or the skateboard from the Anil Netravali video.
Have students follow the engineering design process from the Engineering Portfolio, substituting design materials as needed. The final project, whatever the product, can be scored with the Presentation Rubric. If students are working independently, replace the group criterion. (Be sure to provide students with the rubric before they begin.)
For students who are ready to explore more, have them write, email or call an environmentally friendly design company to ask them about design decisions and trade-offs they have made in developing and producing their products.