The Art of Sustainability


The Art of Sustainability

Authors: Dr G. Scally, I. Roche, P. Mackenzie

Overall aims:

  • Identifying opportunities to keep materials in use
  • Identifying opportunities to design out waste
  • Understand the need for beauty
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills
  • Be expressive through art

Intended learning outcomes:

The child will be able to:

  • Collaborate with others
  • Use the NASA best Engineering model as a support
  • Be creative with minimal resources


Through attuned interactions and relationships, natural conversations and play episodes, the teacher gathers data to document the children’s learning.

Pathway structure

The learning pathway is composed by 3 activities in total over 13 weeks

Stage I – What’s the story?

Day one, the children and teacher, using the Nasa Best Engineering model, develop a story that can be represented as either a live theater performance or a film.

Stage II – Setting the scene

Whether the children and teacher develop  a film or a live theatre production, they will need a set and costumes. Using the Nasa best engineering model, they create all  entirely out of repurposed and upcycled materials. They buy nothing, the budget is zero.

Stage III –  Showtime

Using the Nasa Best Engineering model, the teacher and students invite family and friends to a screening/live performance. Again, the budget is zero.

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