ALL THE STUFF YOU NEED TO GET YOUR STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT THE STORY OF STUFF AND THE ENVIRONMENT ON A WIDER SCALE.

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Information for teachers

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What is the story of your stuff?

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“Entering The Story of Your Stuff Competition was such a positive and rewarding experience for our school. The competition brief really suited our students as it required them to engage with the topic of sustainability - a topic that our school community is already particularly interested in. It really got them thinking about, discussing and debating how everyday items they were using were negatively impacting the environment and how they could replace these items with more environmentally friendly choices. They chose to focus on plastic toothbrushes and the impact this disposable plastic has on the world find out what other alternative could be used by people.From a teacher's point of view, the competition's most positive aspect was that it gave students a voice on sustainability and a platform to be innovative and creative. The competition also required a video entry and that is something that most students are very good at. It encouraged students to work in a collaborative way and it gave them an opportunity to show off their research and video making skills. When they won, it was such a reward for the students involved, their year group and the wider school community. They are delighted that their idea has reached a national and even international audience and may inspire others to make more sustainable choices!”

Teacher, Winning School 2019, Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School, Dublin.

Encourage your students to get thinking creatively about a meaningful subject

By its nature the Story of Your Stuff encourages students to get thinking creatively about a meaningful project – the lifecycle of everyday products or activities and how they impact upon the environment.

Prizes for students and the school

Not only will the winning student receive €500 prize, we’re also awarding €500 to their school and a chance to showcase their entry at a prestigious award finale at University College Dublin. The 2020 competition will also see the introduction of an additional Climate Topic Prize for the entry that best addresses and incorporates climate considerations e.g. carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions or climate action when telling its story.