Up-Cycling: the art of transforming old materials into usable objects. The process of breathing new life into well used items to give them a new story and personality, at the same time creating something that is useful, functional or educational.

WHAT: The Up-Cycle Challenge is an opportunity for students to build a prototype to solve a problem plaguing our water, land or community. After choosing a category below, think about the problems that need to be solved, then transform your old material, hard to recycle items, or recyclables into solutions. For example, students could build a structure that rids plastics from our oceans, or create a new type of habitat for endangered land animals, or possibly introduce a new way of using renewable resources (sun, water, air, geothermal).

Categories include:

--Life On Land
--Life Below Water
--Sustainable Cities and Communities

WHO: The Challenge is open to all students grades K-12 throughout DCSD.

WHEN: The projects will be displayed and judged at our Earth Day Extravaganza at Mountain Vista High School from 4:30-7:00 pm, April 24, 2019.

HOW: Students interested in taking part in the Up-Cycle challenge should sign up on this form, by February 15th. Choose a category, create their project, and submit it for judging at the Earth Day Extravaganza.

Several prizes will be awarded. Projects will be judged on the most useful, innovative, functional, fun, creative or best design.
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There are 3 different categories to choose from for your project. Choose the topic that you are interested in and create your project showing how your design will improve one of these categories.
Creativity, Innovative, Functional, Useful,
Now imagine, your project could be a model of redesigning the way we throw away trash, utilize our oceans or Earth's natural resources. Apply the knowledge, ideas and skills you have gained from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to research, imagine, prototype and test ways that we could use recycled materials to help improve our land and oceans. Your project should educate others about the challenges and solutions we currently face on land, oceans or cities through an Up-cycled project. It should inspire others on the importance of improving our environment.

Something to keep in mind when you are designing your project:

-- Is your project using fewer natural resources?
-- Is it decreasing the energy requirements?
-- Will it clean up our air and water?

It is not required for your project to have all of these stated above, these are just ideas to help you get started. Contact us if you have any questions.

Beth Church bachurch@dcsdk12.org
Heather Berry hmberry@dcsdk12.org
Project Example: Life on Land Book Cover
Project Example: Life on Land Up-Cycled Stools
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