Project Ideas: Celebrate World Habitat Day!
October 01st 2018

Project Ideas: Celebrate World Habitat Day!

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It also reminds us we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

Scroll down for school project ideas & community resources!

This year’s theme is Municipal Solid Waste Management, a global issue that affects everyone.

The amount of waste produced by individuals is growing daily and often costs local authorities a large proportion of their budget. Poor solid waste collection and disposal can lead to serious health problems from uncontrolled dump sites and waste burning. It also leads to polluted air and water.

A change in public attitudes to minimize waste and stop littering, the regularization of informal waste pickers, increased recycling and reusing, sufficient funding, solid waste planning including adequate landfill sites, can help cities to improve the current state of solid waste management and save money to become ‘Waste-Wise Cities’.


STEM Learning have CPD, ideas & an enormous library of resources and activities! Here are a few project ideas to get you started but you can click here for more!

Waste Management
This resource from Cre8ate maths works with government statistics to raise issues related to waste recycling.

Domestic Waste
This topic, from the Association for Science Education, allows classes across the world to exchange information about waste management. Students discuss the ways in which their community deals with waste and what can be done to cope with the problems caused by waste.

CSI: Litter challenge for schools
Litter is a major issue for our environment, posing a threat to wildlife and affecting the health of our oceans. It also affects the local community impacting on the look of our streets, parks and schools as well as being a financial burden. How can you help? Take the CSI challenge!

Super Sucker: Design a machine to clean up litter
This resource provides a design and technology project for older primary children. Linking to the topic of electricity, it provides a practical context in which children focus on electric circuits, motors and batteries to build their own mini-vacuum cleaner.


CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. There are many ways to run CREST with your students and so many fantastic activities.

Star Challenges – Animal Adventures
5-11 year olds – Primary
Minibeasts & Habitats

Superstar Challenges – Brilliant Birds / Bumblebee Mystery
7-11 year olds
Animal habitats

Discovery Challenge – Stop the Spread
Cleanliness, disease, waste & health

Resources: World Habitat Day – Raise awareness in your city or community

@UNHABITAT #WorldHabitatDay



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