Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Updated teacher resources on electronic waste now available

Updated teacher resources on electronic waste now available

Educational resources on electronic waste have recently been updated and are still available free to schools and communities.

Electronic waste, or ‘e-waste’, has been described as “the largest toxic waste problem of the 21st century”. E-waste is toxic to our environment unless discarded responsibly to national standards. Did you know that more than 80,000 tonnes of electronics are discarded each year in New Zealand? We now have a responsible solution for our growing pile of e-waste: RCN e-Cycle, a national e-waste recycling network, enables New Zealanders to recycle e-waste in a responsible way. To support this service, a team of experienced Education for Sustainability educators and facilitators from around New Zealand, developed educational resources to inform teachers, students and communities of the issues associated with e-waste and how to become part of the solution. This team have recently updated the resources to further highlight the important message contained within them.

The resources are specifically designed to assist teachers who deliver learning for sustainability, and are inquiry-based and linked to the NZ curriculum. They were first issued in April 2012. They are free to download from the RCN e-Cycle website: http://www.e-cycle.co.nz/education/. They include a behaviour-change guide and three education units with curriculum plans and activities:

How to Be Smart and Recycle your Electronic Waste: A Guide for Schools & Communities: an inquiry learning unit aimed to assist schools and community groups to plan and action the responsible disposal of electronic waste.

The Education Units: for primary, intermediate and secondary teachers. These contain curriculum plans linked to the Social Sciences, Technology, and Health & Physical Education areas of the NZ curriculum and age-appropriate activities.

1. What are electronics? Levels 1&2 – Explore what electronic items are, discover how they differ and explore the various ways they can be dealt with when we are finished using them.
2. Manufacture & recovery of electronics Levels 3&4 – Just how are electronics manufactured? How do we extract and recycle the precious resources contained inside them? Understanding these processes allows students to make informed choices about what to do with unwanted electronic items as well as being empowered to make more informed purchases in the first place.
3. Consumerism & Ethics of electronic waste Levels 5–8. – This is a massive issue that our society now faces. The activities in this unit will spark some very interesting and deep conversations about how electronics are changing the world we live in.

RCN e-Cycle provides a nationwide network of permanent sites where e-waste can be dropped off for recycling on a user-pays basis. These products are shipped to RCN e-Cycle’s three recycling plants in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for responsible dismantling and processing of materials. These items are broken down into their base components and either recycled locally or sent to ISO-accredited recycling plants overseas. RCN e-Cycle aims for zero waste to landfill, and reduces the carbon footprint by processing as much as possible onshore in New Zealand.

RCN e-Cycle received some financial support from the Waste Minimisation Fund, administered by the Ministry for the Environment. It is managed by RCN and the Community Recycling Network (CRN).

www.e-cycle.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news