In 2021, the world generated 57.4 million tonnes of e-waste. The amount of e-waste is expected to grow by 2.5 million tonnes per year for the next 20 years. Only a small percentage of all this e-waste gets recycled. The majority of it will end up in incinerators and worse, in landfills where toxic chemicals from the e-waste will leaked into our water supplies. A true ecological nightmare!

This design challenge encourages kids to apply their creativity to identify ways to recycle and re-use e-waste. It also allows you to open up new conversations about the impact of our electronic equipment consumption on the environment. Let's dig deeper into this e-waste problem together.

Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Colour pencils

In this activity, your child will learn about the world's growing e-waste problem and start thinking of ways to reducing, repurposing and recycling e-waste. Of course, they will also have lots of fun, designing robots :)

It will help your child or student:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the complex environmental issues tied to their electronic device purchases and consumption.
  • Foster greater creativity and imagination through developing and piecing together e-waste components to make something new.

Let the building begin!

Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and find out more about the world's e-waste problem and how it affects out environment and the people living in poorer countries. Here's a quick introduction video which explains all of this in under 2 minutes.
  • Find out more about how communities in poorer nations are repurposing, recycling and even innovating new products from the e-waste sold and dumped in their countries.

The following video is an excellent example of how the community in the world's largest e-waste scrapyard in Ghana are giving new life to the e-waste gathering there (This video is probably slightly too complicated for younger children but worth the watch if they can sit through it).

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