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Science Sampler: Designed by Nature—Exploring linear and circular life cycles

by: Sandra Rutherford, Bonnie Wylo, Peggy Liggit, and Susan Santone

Designed by Nature is a series of six sequential lessons that help middle school students explore the environmental impacts of producing and disposing of everyday items, and the role of citizens, consumers, and businesses in promoting sustainable product design. The activities, which were developed by faculty at Eastern Michigan University, incorporate the 5E learning model—engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. The lessons guide students through a typical product’s life cycle—from producer to consumer to landfill—and then explain that a Designed by Nature product is one that breaks this cycle by being reusable, recyclable, or biodegradable.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2008Stock # ss08_031_06_50Volume 031Issue 06

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