The Secret Six – the secrets of plastic.

Learn all the secrets of plastic. ilVespaio designed a serie of videos and educational worksheets for the primary schools for Corepla, as part of Riciclala!

A serie of five playful animated videos give more information about plastic: The Secret Six, a family of secret agents made of plastic, show children all the secrets of plastic, the features of different types of plastic, the problems caused by wrong disposal, the opportunities of recycling and circular economy.

The comprehension of all these contents is enhanced by ludic worksheets; teachers can download and print these material in order to do other creative activities in classroom.

All these pedagogical tools are designed to stimulate children creativity at home or in class following Covid-19 and physical distancing measures. The Secret Six is part of part of Riciclala!,  school kit for primary schools.

The Secret Six - scopri i segreti della plastica

KiDS4 videos for children about climate change

KiDS4 is a YouTube channel for children and schools with educational videos about global warming and climate change effects.
Videos deal with complex issues in a playful way, using the impact of images and the power
of design to promote scientific content: climate change, global warming, food environmental impact, water footprint, energy conservation, circular economy, food waste.

Besides, KiDS4 collects ideas, objects, toys, apps designed by children to solve the problems our planet’s facing. It’s easy to take part! Draw a picture of your invention or your idea of the future. Send us here a short video of your drawing and talk about it. Your video will be published on Channel KiDS4.

The aim is to involve primary schools and families and to create an online exhibition and even a physical exhibition in an important design museum to show the ideas engineered and prototyped by designers and fablabs.

Teachers can use KiDS4 videos for free as a tool for distance learning or show the videos in class. Moreover, they can enhance children’s creativity and involve them in finding solutions for a better and more sustainable future.

KiDS4 is a project by ilVespaio with educational videos for children about climate change effects.

KiDS4 videos for children about climate change - video per bambini sui cambiamenti cliamtici.

ilVespaio and Precious Plastic recycling machines

ilVespaio built two plastic recycling machines to produce small objects made of recycled plastic. A shredder cuts plastic items into small flakes and an injection machine heats plastic flakes and injects them into a mould. ilVespaio has built these two machines in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano and following Precious Plastic blueprints. Precious Plastic which is a global community which aims to create an alternative global plastic recycling system.

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ilVespaio e le macchine per il riciclo della plastica di Precious Plastic

Play & Circle – installation about circular economy

Play&Circle is a playful installation about circular economy designed by ilVespaio. It’s a loop marble run, made of cardboard, showing the lifecycle of a t-shirt, a pack of spaghetti or any other product. Players have to move bottle caps along the track, overcoming obstacles and answering quiz to understand the environmental impact and the waste of resources of their choices. During the game, players will consume water, remove trees from the game board and produce waste and they will understand the carbon an water footprint of a product and of their daily habits. Play&Circle has been displayed for the first time at Salone della CSR and it’s perfect for educational paths with schools and event with children or adults.

Riciclala!

Riciclala is a school kit for primary schools about plastic collection and recycling, designed by ilVespaio for Corepla – National Consortium for the Collection and Recycling of Plastic Packages. Riciclala! explains the history of plastic, its features, recycling and reusing to children, stimulating them through play activities to adopt various forms of virtuous behavior. It is an analog and digital educational tool which includes a pack of cards any school can request for free, in addition to online videos and downloadable educational sheets.


As psychologists Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky pointed out, the development of intelligence in children is strongly linked to play activities. Consistent with their theories, Riciclala! gives children opportunities to play, discover, experience, create, interact and learn.

Riciclala! includes a pack of 32 colourful cards with which kids can play several games to understand plastic sorting rules and the importance of recycling. The first game is for children aged from 5 to 7. It explains what packaging is and how it differs from other objects. The second game, for children from 8 to 11, shows how different types of plastic can be collected and recycled and what kind of objects can be produced through the recycling process.

Riciclala! also contains two punched cards with the silhouettes of comic characters which can be obtained reusing plastic bottle caps. It’s a simple game for smaller children which teaches how to reuse plastic waste instead of throwing it away

Riciclala is a school kit for primary schools about plastic designed by Stefano Castiglioni, Sebastiano Ercoli, Alessandro Garlandini e Clara Giardina.