SPROUT

THE PROBLEM

 

Food waste accounts for nearly half of all school waste, resulting in 86,000 tonnes of food refuse in 2008. However, with the climate changing rapidly and food shortages looming, self-sufficiency is an important skill for future generations to learn.

Self-sufficiency is unlikely to become a public habit if gardening initiatives continue to overlook children living in urban areas - the people most in need of reconnecting with nature.

There is a need for a gardening initiative that is fun, educational but doesn't rely on garden space. 

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THE SOLUTION

Meet Sprout, a hands on, interactive composting experience for primary school children.

 

The students assume the role of Special Agent Guardians, tasked with helping Sprout (a compost bin) to become the best Eco Warrior he can be.

Each child will receive a Mission Pack that guides them through the composting process, de-stigmatising the 'yuck' factor of natural processes along the way.

 

They will also receive a take-home compost box (Little Sprout) that doubles up as a plant pot. This way, even children without access to a garden can get involved.

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MISSION MOVEMENTS

 

A map disguised as an envelope will guide the children through their mission, from queuing up for food through to scraping their plates.

Spy camera photos will add clarifying information (such as how to spot Sprout's footsteps) and direct them to the next stage: the An Anatomy: Compost Heaps booklet.

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An Anatomy:

COMPOST HEAPS

 

This booklet will teach the children about what happens to their food waste during the composting process. 

 

The aim of the booklet is to remove the 'yuckiness' of decay through personifying mould as 'The De-Comp Squad', a separate secret division that turn food into mush.

LITTLE SPROUT

 

Once Big Sprout (the main compost bin) has turned food waste into compost, the children can deposit some into Little Sprout. 

This box also acts as a gardening pot and is small enough to fit on a windowsill. 

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PERSONNEL RECORDS

 

To add a little realism to the mission, I also created Personnel Records that offered Big and Little Sprout a back story. The children can also fill out their own record. 

I took inspiration from leaked WW2 documents for these files. I tried to make them feel handmade and messy to signify how files get passed from person to person for approval.

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STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

Sprout Journey Map

PROTOTYPING

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