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Author

Grist

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social-Emotional Learning, Engineering, Climate Action

Resource Type

  • Video, 5 minutes, 6 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest

Format

YouTube Video

Turning E-Waste into Good Jobs

Synopsis
  • This video from Grist shows how a technology recycling business called Tech Dump is recycling and repurposing discarded technology while providing jobs and training for formerly incarcerated people. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This inspiring video shows that business models can be designed to solve multiple problems, such as electronic waste and employment for ex-offenders.
  • The video description includes a link to the "Grist 50," a list of 50 people who are doing inspiring work for the environment.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video begins with an advertisement.
  • The audio is a little difficult to hear in the beginning of the video, so the teacher may wish to enable the closed captions.

Differentiation

  • Economics and life skills classes could work in pairs to come up with business models that can solve two problems: one environmental problem and one social problem.
  • English classes could have students choose a person from the "Grist 50" link to read about. Students could write one or two sentences explaining the main idea behind the person's environmental work.
  • Other resources on this topic include this NowThis Earth video on recycling e-waste in Nigeria and this Vox video on the challenges of recycling.
Scientist Notes
This video resource does not have any science to verify. However, it does offer an example of how innovation and determination can positively impact the Earth. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.7.6-8 Analyze the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in a market economy.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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