Sustainable Projects and Ideas: Round Up

Below are a series of wonderful examples of the use of sustainable design in its many forms to get students juices flowing in terms of ideas to inspire them: 1) PET lamps weave textile traditions from plastic waste – RECYCLE I love when projects utilising recycling are very creative and artistic as it can really show what can be done (even if some would agree that the circular economy is more important than ad-hoc recycling iniatives). Pleats Please? Photo credit: Petit Pli 2) Origami Inspired ...

Sustainable Design and Corporate Strategy: Why Does It Go Wrong?

Sustainable Design is at the heart of the Design Technology IB Syllabus both in Standard Level Unit 2 and Higher Level Unit 8, but it is always worth ensuring that students really understand the complexity not only of creating excellent sustainable design but ensuring that it is successful in the marketplace in which it has to thrive if it is to change our habits and support our environment. The best way to study this is to utilise so examples of ...

New Release: IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Study & Revision Guide

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new study and revision guide for IB Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS). Written for the requirements of the 2017–2023 exam sessions, this revision guide offers succinct coverage of the whole syllabus for Environmental Systems and Societies, with extensive self-test material to help students prepare for mocks and final exams. Clearly structured to match the curriculum, it offers exam tips and original case studies.   Here’s what author Adrian Palmer said about his book: I have ...

Sustainability: Now Is Your Time Students!

Hi DP DT Students, After my last post on social based caring design, here is another unit which should be close to your heart! In fact if you look at your syllabus the core topic 2: Resource Management and Sustainable Production and the higher level topic 8: Sustainability show that this is probably one of the most important areas in the syllabus. The importance of this is that the IB believes that you as future designers must design for sustainability otherwise the ...

Socially Aware Design for a Purpose – Project Inspiration

Hi all, Struggling to be inspired or inspire - well here are some wonderful socially and ethically inspired recent design prodiucts which should get you thinking of some great ideas for upcoming projects to do in the IB Diploma. Remember projects especially the major project should come from the analysis of a situation and issues that are being faced - and I think these examples demonstrate this admirably! Students from the Royal College of Arts design a wearable dwelling for Syrian refugees ...

Social enterprise, Social business and Sustainable organanizations

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who can help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Business management plays a key role in the process of putting the IB philosophy in practice. The course encourages the appreciation of ethical concerns, as well as issues of corporate social responsibility (CSR), at both a local and global level. Business does not have to just be about maximising profit. The Business management course encourages ...

Sustainability – Get Your Students Excited about Unit 2 and AHL Unit 8

The new Design and Technology syllabus has a renewed and more comprehensive focus on sustainability and sustainable design, The core Unit 2 - Resource Management and Sustainable Production and the High Level Unit 8 Sustainability mean that teachers need to ensure students know in a much greater depth the importance of sustainability in every area of design from the moment a design is thought of and sketched for the first time through to manufacture and ultimately being marketed and sold. ...

Should Ethics Lead “Classic” and Great Design?

Hi DT students, Many of you will have heard me eulogise about one of my favourite architects - Zaha Hadid. She has produced some of the most incredible designs and architecture in the world over the last twenty years. She recently had her first design in the UK built in Hyde Park which I saw last weekend and it was amazing even though such a small building. She has recently won the Design Museum - Design of the Year for 2014 for ...

Student Reflection on the IB World Student Conference 2013, Vancouver

Words by Ariel Chen, young IB student and IBWSC attendee Within the week I spent at the IB World Student Conference, I witnessed UBC's countless and equally admirable sustainability efforts, cultures of thirty-five countries and people who share the same passion and thirst to save our future. I have never met such a diverse, yet united community, which may be separated by gender, race and age, but share and possess an equal drive and contribution to make the world a better ...

Getting to know you

Friday January 20th was the date of the annual LISA (London International Schools Association http://www.lisa.org.uk/) Conference. There are currently 15 LISA schools: most are international schools in and around the London area (although the International School of Aberdeen is also a member). The conference was hosted by the King Fahd Academy with almost 500 participants attending. http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article566385.ece The keynote speech was given by Processor George Walker, talking about international education, proposing links between recent writings by Howard Gardener (Five Minds for the Future) ...