Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Science
Description: During this project, students will explore composting and work as a team to design a compost tumbler. They will learn about compost materials, the effects of pH on plant growth, and the effects of additives, such as earthworms, on the composting process. They will make their compost tumbler using computer-aided design and 3D printing. This project takes approximately 12 hours to complete and includes an optional semester- or year-long extension to create a compost pile, use the compost to plant a garden, and evaluate the performance of the compost.
Distance Learning: This project includes an in-person learning and distance learning option. The in-person learning option requires a 3D printer to complete.
Standards: This project aligns to Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards, and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for sixth grade through twelfth grade.
21st Century Skills: Creativity, Collaboration, Flexibility, Critical Thinking, Communication
Apply the composting process.
Develop a plan and work as a team.
Write a clear and concise problem statement.
Compile information, research, and document sources.
Create a computer-aided design.
Use an iterative design process.
Design a compost tumbler under various criteria and constraints.
Evaluate and test their design.
Use and share makerspace equipment safely.
Present their findings.