This STEM lesson about designing an eco-friendly T-shirt is intended for students in middle school and is aligned to STEM Standards of Practice, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The lesson is designed for students to work individually and in groups. Students will research, take notes, engage in discussions and use an online tool to design an eco-friendly T-shirt. Teachers will need to guide students through the activities. Some work is done on the computer and some work is done in the paper-based Engineering Portfolio, which all students should complete as they engage in both group and individual activities.
Before you start the lesson, be sure to do the following:
- Read through the Teacher Notes , which provide a page-by-page companion to the student activities in this lesson.
- Print out and assemble an Engineering Portfolio for each student and assign teams of 3–4 students, keeping in mind the number of computers your students have access to in the classroom.
- For more ideas about technology and implementation considerations, read these tips: Consider Your Technologies (PDF).