TAFE students have designs on organics recycling game

Showing off their handiwork are (l-r) Sky Headford from Lismore High and Ashlea Levi from Casino High with Alex Pryde and Jamie 'Danger' Rogers from Kyogle High.

Local high school students studying at TAFE have created an over-sized board game to help Lismore City Council educate people about the organics composting system.

The Year 11 and 12 students created the game as part of a unit in their Certificate III Design Fundamentals course, which they undertake one day a week at Wollongbar TAFE.

The students were given a brief by Council to design the board game, which is played with people as the moving game pieces and a large die.

It is designed to reinforce what can and cannot go in the green organics bin as well as promoting Lismore’s closed loop composting system and encouraging people to recycle their food and garden waste to make compost and grow more food.

The game will be used at local markets, shows, expos, shopping centres and community education days.

“It’s fantastic – we could not be more pleased with the result,” Council’s Waste Education Officer Barbara Jensen said.

“The game is a great way for us to get kids involved in learning about our organics composting system in a fun and interactive way. Nothing beats getting kids enthused and interested in recycling, because they take that message back into the home, and are often our best ambassadors.”

TAFE teacher and local graphic designer Gina Keller said the students jumped at the chance to take on the design challenge and said they were focused and receptive throughout the eight-week project.

“They really applied themselves and learnt very quickly. It’s really valuable for them to experience a real-life graphic design scenario and to work on a project where they see a finished product that will be used by the community,” Gina said.

“They definitely put a lot into it… they were excited to take part. They had to design the graphics but also make changes when something wasn’t working. It’s really good at this stage of their learning to experience a practical, real-world graphic design job.”

Source: Lismore City Council

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