Activity Introduction

Imagine you are the next Steve Jobs. You are working on a sustainable smartphone design that is going to change the world. First, you’ll research what’s already out there (to get a look-in on the competitors), then you’ll work on your own design. 

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate
  • be creative

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Science, English, Visual Arts, Humanities, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Sustainability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Talk to your kid/s about the value of their possessions, not just from a monetary perspective, but from an environmental perspective as well. Is it necessary to always be up to date with the latest phone, computer and clothes? Is that drive actually peer pressure to keep up appearances with their friends? What impact is ‘fast fashion’ especially having on the environment and other societies who are making the clothes?

Encourage kids to take care of their possessions, buy quality and treat others with respect no matter what brands they wear.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Resources Required

  • Art supplies: coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors
  • White paper
  • Writing pen or pencil

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Your Sustainable Smartphone - Activity Instructions

Imagine you are the next Steve Jobs. You are working on a sustainable smartphone design that is going to change the world. First, you’ll research what’s already out there (to get a look-in on the competitors), then you’ll work on your own design.

Part A: Research

Step 1. These days, almost everyone has some form of smartphone or smart device. But their design and production is very wasteful. Lots of precious minerals have to be mined for the electronics, and it is hard to recycle all the parts of a smartphone when someone upgrades.

Fairphone is a social enterprise that designs and develops smartphones with minimal harm to people and the environment. Spend some time looking at the Fairphone website (http://www.fairphone.com/) and watching the following Fairphone video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0fbZerTUjY) to find out what they do.

Part B: Plan

Step 1. Imagine you are the next Steve Jobs. You are working on a sustainabl

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