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CDB: Collaboration, Design, and (Eco)Bricks

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Lesley Allan  
Maggie Lorenz  
Patty Steele  

Discover how two schools used collaboration, design and EcoBricks to help a community recycle plastics. Learn how to start an EcoBrick project, the challenges and solutions, and lessons that support library/technology standards. Leave with the start of an EcoBrick!

Audience: Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will understand the challenges and goals of the Williston EcoBrick project.
Participants will be given the resources to start their own EcoBrick project.
Participants will be given their own starter EcoBrick.

Instructional Resource: Google Slides


Content: How two schools collaborated, designed, and built EcoBrick objects/structures.
Activity: Participants will be given a starter EcoBrick
Time (30 minutes): EcoBrick package given at the door, 5 minute introduction. 20 minute presentation with peer-to-peer interaction and EcoBrick activity. 5 minute Q&A.

Supporting research

Ecobricks: Plastic Transition. (2020, September 29). Ecobricks.Org.
Ecobricks. (2015, August 24). How to Make Ecobricks. YouTube.
GBH. (2020, October 6). The Design Process. PBS LearningMedia.
Mouton, S. (2019, July 25). Are ecobricks the answer to plastic pollution? Phys.Org.

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Lesley Allan, Williston Public Schools
Maggie Lorenz, Williston Public Schools
Patty Steele, ASB Innovation Academy

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