March 15, 2016
by msnathan
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Best New Thing In The World: Amazing Biodegradable Food Packaging!

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biodegradeable packagingI was browsing Tumblr last night and came across this really awesome system for packaging that biodegrades AND also only lasts as long as the food inside it. Right now, milk will go off long before it’s container would ever break down and stop polluting the earth. For example, the oil container above is made out of caramelized sugar and coated with wax that you crack like an egg, but once it’s cracked the wax no longer protects the sugar and will melt when it comes in contact with water.bio packaging1bio packaging2bio packaging5The smoothie package above is made out of gel from agar agar seaweed and water, to open it you pick the top. It will slowly wither as the smoothie starts to get old.bio packaging3 bio packaging4This package made of biodegradable beeswax and to open it you peel it like a fruit! It’s made for storing dried goods like rice and grains.

The company who made these also made this cool self opening package. It opens itself in the oven when the food has reached the correct temperature for serving. What a cool idea!Have you seen anything like this before? Could you think of any other ideas for systems of storing food that isn’t wasteful and bad for the planet? I bet this packaging started from a pretty wild idea!

Source: Tomorrow Machine

September 8, 2014
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Inquiry Research & Website Evaluation: Due Friday, 19th Sept

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Purpose: to research for our systems inquiry topic and to find and share relevant, useful sources.

Task:

– Using the website evaluation tool shared with you, evaluate three websites that you have looked at, used or considered using in your inquiry research. Remember, they don’t necessarily have to be great, that’s why we’re evaluating them.

– On your blog, write a post about your inquiry including: your focus, your big question, a brief statement as to why you chose this topic (what interested you, what are you hoping to find out), some interesting/surprising/unusual/cool things you have found out so far and a link to your website evaluation document explaining why it is important to evaluate sources.

August 4, 2014
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Asking the big questions.

This term students are taking even more of an active role in their learning and developing their own inquiry based around evaluating systems, models, plans and products. This is so broad! Like our surrealism work, we’ve started with some class thinking time to brainstorm ‘ungoogleable’ questions that could have many different answers (first two slides, the questions for the third are still to come) as well as challenging ourselves with divergent thinking by free association style brainstorming about a random topic and then making connections and extending our thinking down different paths (fourth & fifth slide).

What questions or ideas do these things make you think of?

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