At the INK Conference, Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves -- while learning basic principles of science and design.
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Arvind Gupta shares anecdotes about his country of India and how many children come from poor families. He shares his enthusiasm for taking various materials that can be recycled and made into toys. He also discusses how many of these creations have gone from his home country of India and have exploded to activities taught in classrooms all around the world and in Government schools.
When watching this video, my first reaction was how useful these kind of "toys" would be in lessons from the Australian Curriculum: Science. Specifically for Years 3 and 4. The Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies - Design and Technologies content descriptors that align with these toys with the cross curricula component of sustainability for Years 3-4 are: 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8.
However, deeper thinking about the toys demonstrated by Arvind Gupta caused me to believe that they may be adapted for younger and older students. Ensuring the safety and appropriate resources where chosen could assist students from Foundation/Prep - Year 2 the following Design and Technologies content descriptors are: 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7. Adapting the activities for the older students would permit students from Years 5-6 to link the content descriptors 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9.