After Thanksgiving break, we went back to D3 Lab at Nightingale Middle School, excited to begin a new phase of our TRASHformation program. As you may recall, we completed the waste audit and collected a lot of great materials for building a couple weeks back. The next step was for participating TRASHformers to interview fellow students around campus to gauge interest and collect opinions about the art piece. Since the piece will placed in a prominent spot on campus and will hopefully be something the entire student body can use and enjoy, it was important to do some R & D. Three different pairs of students ventured out to collect data from their classmates, asking questions like, “What should we build? Where should it be located? What color should it be?” Besides collecting information, the interviews also proved to be a great face-t0-face marketing tool for our program. Several students who were unaware of TRASHformation expressed interest in helping us build the piece, and we’re excited to welcome them on board as we progress. This week, we’ll be reviewing the results of the interviews and creating drafts of our art piece. Stay tuned!
When “playing with trash” becomes a forum for creativity and collaboration!
Today we took a big step forward in our TRASHformation program at D3 Labs at Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park. We conducted a waste audit, assessing, recording and organizing all the different types of trash and recycling items the students had collected over the last couple of weeks. First, we piled everything in the middle of the floor, and then one student wrote down all the different categories we could see represented in our trash pile. Then we organized the items by category. The students weren’t shy about organizing the trash (you might even say they caused a bit of a ruckus!); there was definitely a sense of excitement as we began to think about all the cool art we could make using these items. Some of the most common trash items we collected included chip bags, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and tubes, as well as paper and rubber. We’re looking forward to next week, when, after a show and tell of trash art from around the world, we will begin brainstorming ideas for our own art piece. Stay tuned!
Things are really starting to come along with our TRASHformation program at Nightingale Middle School’s D3 Lab in Cypress Park. In keeping with the D3 model, the kids are coming up with all of the ideas for how we will acquire trash, organize it and eventually build an art piece. Last week, we brought in a few of our more transportable Trashformation examples, including the tree with aluminum can leaves we build for AASHE and The ReCycle, and a dress by Paper Botanicals that was featured in our TRASHion show last summer. Next, we came up with a system for collecting trash around campus. The kids picked high-traffic areas around the school, decorated bins and assigned students to pick up the trash and bring it back to the D3 lab every day. Some students even begun washing the trash in preparation for the build. In the coming weeks, we will have a waste audit to determine what types of trash and recycling items we’ve collected, organize and sort our materials, and have a Trash Art show and tell day, to get some ideas for what we can build. After the Thanksgiving holiday break, we’ll start building our very own TRASHformation at Nightingale. So excited!