Urban STEAM with Old Oak Primary : Finding solutions to local rubbish problems!
Last half term children from Old Oak School took part in the Urban S.T.E.A.M project. The Year 6 bubble at Old Oak Primary were fortunate enough to take part. Immediately the children jumped into action and decided to go on a walk around their local area to
discover any problem areas they could resolve using design as a tool to solve the problems they found. Straight away the group realised a common theme. The amount of rubbish left on the streets around the school was astonishing. The group decided that this should be the basis of their design work.
Fast forward to the design workshops the group worked independently on ideas to answer the question “How do we reduce the amount of waste we see in our community?”
The group looked at different products we see in our everyday lives analysing what was already in existence, what products could be improved and was there space for next products designed by young designers for our current market. 4 weeks were spent on the design and making of the products. The children decided they wanted to make their project into a design competition in which they would present to each other with the winner crowned Old Oak’ Designer of the Year (a title they came up with themselves).
down the street of their nearest recycling bins and what you can recycle in particular bins on the street, the idea being that all bins in East Acton have different compartments to recycle rubbish. Oleja’s design also linked to the pavement and had a detector when people drop rubbish on the floor and gave a gentle reminder for residents to remember to put their rubbish in the bin!