A: The Design Squad Nation episode, Garden-to-Go!
In Garden-to-Go, we see how engineers work to help the environment. Adam and Judy help Mariam and Bert, two young members of London-based Global Generation, design and build a pedal-powered mobile garden. It is the ultimate example of sustainable design.
The garden's fruit and "veg," as the Brits say, are grown on the rooftop of a construction site in skips (the British can make even dumpsters sound fancy). The produce is fertilized by food waste and...worm tea. Fancy a spot?
The "hoop cart" delivery system is made from recycled building materials and is entirely human-powered--by a bicycle-built-for-two! As Bert and Mariam deliver super fresh veg to local restaurants, they can also collect food waste to bring back to the skip gardens. This food waste fuels the wormery which fertilizes the garden which...voila... grows more veg. What a glorious example of environmental efficiency!
Showing Garden-to-Go to your kids is a wonderful way to illustrate how engineers can make a difference. You can pair it with any of these educator resources for a rich, multimedia experience:
- Show the animation: How to make a wormery (1 min.)
- Show other ways in which engineers work to help the environment with video profiles:
Eco-Electronics - Erin Gately (2 min.)
Build without Borders - Matt Sisul and William Cao (2 min.)
Package Design - Jennifer Chua (2 min.)
Biodiesel Powerboat - Peter Bethune (2 min.)
- Challenge kids to do a hands-on activity that helps the environment:
Harmless Holder - Invent an animal-friendly holder for six cans. (45 min.) Watch a demo.
Paper Table - Build a sturdy table out of newspaper. (45 min.) Watch a demo.
Feel the Heat - Build a solar hot water heater. (90-120 min.)
With so many options, it's a veritable buffet for educators. If it were me, I'd try them all... just hold the worm tea, please.
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