From now on, the children at the primary school De Boomhut in Sint-Andries (Belgium) have become “Plastic Eaters”. They welcomed their real working dream machine to school today.
The Plastic Eater includes a luminous backpack and all necessary tools to collect litter. With the counter and app, they can keep track of how much waste and plastic they have cleaned up.
For both the school and Victoria Adelanwa, product design student at the School of Industrial Product Design at Howest University, working across classes from different age-groups was the biggest challenge: developing a concept that is well received by both 6 and 12 year olds.
Feedback from the child-inventors indicated that 1 piece per class was not enough: “where can we buy that cool backpack?”
Only one conclusion to made: mission accomplished: they all want their Plastic Eater!
Because of the government measurements concerning covid-19, MyMachine Flanders & Brussels is unfortunately unable to organise a Grand Exhibition showing all elaborated dream machines. But luckily the schools and students were able to finish their work. So the working prototype could be delivered today. In stead of going to the exhibition, the finished working prototype goes directly to the primary school where the child-inventors can test the final result.
A big thank you to all students and educators involved for being so persistent and resilient in these peculiar times! Well done!