2.1 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Batteries Awareness Pilot Programme

2.2 Approximate duration of module

The programme and project will take place over the course of one month and should take no more than twelve hours (six hours school, six hours out of school). This includes the initial presentation by the WEEE Ireland presenter and a follow up visit to advise the students and ensure they meet the goals of the programme.

2.3 Aims

a) Link the school with the local business community

b) Learn from the experience of working in a team

c) To develop research and statistics skills

d) Project work

e) Extending learning beyond the classroom

f) Orientation toward adult and working life

g) Promote enterprise and initiative

h) To encourage independent research and decision-making skills in learning

2.4 Objectives

a) To highlight in the school by organising a recycling awareness campaign the historical problem of land filling WEEE and the introduction of legislation to outlaw the disposal of WEEE by landfill

b) To compile statistics on WEEE and battery recycling in Ireland showing how millions of items have been recycled rather than disposed

c) Discover and communicate where their nearest Recycling Centre is

d) Organise the community awareness project and the associated project work

e) Communicate with the local business community on recycling

f) Enter the project findings into a national competition and possibly substantial prizes

2.5 Teaching and Learning Strategies

Visiting speakers Practical Work Group work Interviews

Project work Classroom discussion Research Field trips

2.6 Content

The programme is made up of three parts:

1) Presentation by visitor on recycling / the competition

2) School Recycling Event

3) Project and Competition

2.7 Assessment

The students are expected to enter into the National Competition on behalf of the school and will be expected to go out into the community to interview businesses to ascertain the level and knowledge or recycling batteries since the legislation came into force prohibiting their disposal in 2008. The project entry will be judged by a panel of experts and the winners announced in May 2010. The prize giving will take place at a ceremony during the same month.

2.8 Resources

a) Presentation to TY Students on recycling and the Battery Project.

b) USB key provided with presentation and related documents.

c) Posters for school highlighting recycling WEEE event.

d) Receptacles for the collection of WEEE at the school.

2.9 Links with other subjects

Geography Science English Mathematics

2.10 Evaluation

The School and each participating student will get a certificate of recognition having participated in the programme.

The submitted project will get evaluation by a team of experts and winners by county and the national winners will be announced in May 2010.