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Le mani in plastica 


at Garzoni Montessori Primary School
Udine - Italy

PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) , HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene), PP (Polypropylene plastic), iron

   In the context of the Le Mani in Plastica residency, developed in collaboration with Plasticart Casaupa (Udine, Italy), we had the privilege of leading an engaging workshop on plastic recycling education at the Garzoni Montessori Primary School in Udine.

Together with a team composed of Giovanna Bressan, Maria Luisa Miotti, Francesca Mione and Eleonora Majeroni, we led the students in a fascinating educational experience with a significant ecological value.
The workshop focused on raising students' awareness of the issues surrounding the use of plastic and providing them with practical tools to understand recycling as a sustainable solution. Through interactive demonstrations, we presented the different types of plastics and the environmental challenges of waste management.
We illustrated the plastic recycling process, showing students how plastic materials can be transformed into new objects, helping to mitigate the negative impact of single-use plastics. In an engaging moment, the students had the opportunity to create small recycled objects using plastic caps heated with an iron.
A key aspect of the experience was the sharing phase, in which each student narrated the object created, exploring creativity and critical thinking related to environmental issues. This phase promoted awareness of individual and collective responsibility in addressing environmental challenges.

   During the Le Mani in Plastica residency, I crafted a 'work prototype' utilizing recycled plastic as my medium, drawing inspiration from the Montessori pedagogical approach. The Montessori method emphasizes fostering independence, self-directed learning, and hands-on experiences. By integrating these principles into my project, I aimed to create an educational piece that promotes sustainability through recycled materials and encourages experiential learning and exploration, aligning with the essence of Montessori education.

If you're interested, click                to explore the prototype and its interactive elements.

Garzoni Montessori Primary School
Plastic workshop, Garzoni Montessori Primary School
Plastic workshop, Garzoni Montessori Primary School
step 1: choosing caps
step 2: make a drawing
choosing caps
work in progress
flower caps drawing
step 3: ironing caps
Workshop, Garzoni Montessori Primary School
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