August 26th, 2015

Upcycling at the RMIT Design Hub

Thirty Y10 students from South Oakleigh SC and Y8 & 9 students from Sunbury Downs SC experienced upcycling first hand, during two LEAP into...Design sustainable workshops in late July.

Both events were hosted at RMIT's Design Hub in Melbourne's CBD. Students were excited to experience this fabulous educational space, which is at the cutting edge of innovation in education.

Creating useable products from refuse or adapting an existing product to add value is known as upcycling. Purposeful upcycling reduces waste and improves the efficiency of our resources. 

These workshops were facilitated by Glenn Stephenson from RMIT's Industrial Design Department in the school of Architecture & Design.

Students were asked to challenge the practice of throwing away product packaging after the contents have been removed.

Putting the principles of upcycling into practice, the students got creative, making lighting designs and constructing objects using disposable coffee cups, cardboard and LED globes. 

They designed and constructed some interesting and attractive hanging lights and free standing lamps with the design tools they had learned about - product design, idea generation and sustainability.

The results were stunning. 

After the events, teachers commented...
"Very well organised"  
"The students were engaged"

Students commented...
"There are many different options in upcycling and design"
In design "the opinions of others shouldn't stop you from trying"
"It can be fun and very enjoyable. You make a lot of mistakes and changes"

View more pictures from these events in the Design images gallery.


LEAP into… Design activities aim to encourage students to consider a career in Design. View all Design activities available to your school. 

By: LEAP into...Design Team
Categories: Design

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