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such as tire rims, old tarpaulins, foam insulation, and broken products. For example, one team recently made a fold-up bed from old closet doors. Students begin the unit by conducting intensive research about recycling. During this process, they learn about how important it is to recycle and where some of the greatest problems in recycling occur including furniture recycling. Students collect materials and bring them to the ‘‘Green Technology’’ classroom/laboratory where they design, build, and evaluate their solutions over a period of several weeks. Through this activity, students begin to ask a lot of good questions about design and recycling, as well as technical questions about how to combine the materials using tools and machines. They learn to become more independent because of the open-ended nature of the problem and the need for them to show initiative in identifying and locating the materials that they need to solve the problem. Since they work in small groups, they must also develop teamwork skills in order to have a successful solution to the problem. This activity helps them to understand and interact with technology in their world and see that they can be part of the solution to the recycling problem by being creative, technological problem-solvers (Martin and Martin 2006 ). Furthermore, the emphasis on long-term use of materials promotes the importance of sustainable living, a key concept in technology education for sustainability. Exploring alternative energy production The purpose of this technology education course at South Windsor High School in Con- necticut is to explore how society will meet its future energy needs. The course uses textbooks, articles, and a series of experiments to explain a variety of energy related technologies. The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to explore energy production and distribution systems in order to develop an appreciation for the social, economic, and environmental impacts of these technologies. Students work with energy conversion sys- tems that are environmentally friendly and renewable in an effort to inform themselves about potential solutions that can meet their future energy needs. In the process students identify academic strengths and weaknesses that relate to the design professions. The 154 W. Leal Filho et al. 123
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course provides each student with the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a creative tool. This course provides students with the opportunity to explore energy and electrical power production. Students first explore current energy resources and production systems through selected readings and discussion. They then conduct an energy audit of their homes and develop an appreciation for how much energy their family consumes. They also examine what it costs their family to maintain their current level of energy consumption.
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