As the first step of the project, we had to research on the topic assigned to us (as a group). We started of by researching on the basic needs of food and nutrition not just based on the place given to us (NGO – Orphanage) but in general as well. We had to make a module to present to those at the NGO as an interactive session at the end of the semester.
While working on the module and researching on the topic, I too learned a lot that I didn’t know before. We learned about preventive nutrition which is defined as a dietary practice directed towards reducing disease and promoting health and well being. After having completed our research, we had to brain storm and come up with a minimum of five ways in which the module could be presented. We noted down all the ideas that came up even if they were not possible to complete within the given time frame, etc.
The idea we finalised on was to design cards which would be used as a game played by the children to understand the different kinds of food and their nutritional benefits. We also designed a brochure of sorts that spoke about the food pyramid in a very basic sense for the children to understand. We also aided it with visuals; an animated video expelling in simple terms the need for nutrition, etc. Once our ideas were approved, we started looking for an NGO to visit.Getting an NGO that allowed interactive sessions was probably the hardest part of the module as no place allowed visitors. After making a lot of calls and asking around, the Bandra East Community Centre finally gave us permission to go interact with the children.
We started our visit by introducing ourselves to the children and making them feel comfortable by talking about their favourite food, etc. We then spoke to them about the food pyramid and explained the importance of different food items that children consume on a daily basis. Though we didn’t get too long to interact with the children at the NGO, we made the most of the little time we had. We presented to them a very simple module as they were all kids around the age of 5 or 6. What really surprised us was their level of enthusiasm and ability to understand what we were saying despite it being something completely new to them. They were able to answer most of the question we we asked and the response we got was really good too. We also played a small memory game with them a with the cards that we’d made which the really enjoyed. We showed them the video at the end which I feel helped them get a better understating of the concept due to the animation.
Overall the experience taught us a lot about how an interactive session is to be made especially when it comes to people who are completely new to the topic at hand. Though we had to keep interacting and making newer versions of the module, I realised that that was how it was always going to be and that integrating is a very fundamental part of design.
Could not make it to class due to an emergency. From what I heard all the groups presented their respective models and charts in class for review. I made sure to help my group as best as I could in completing the power point, making the final model and in making the user manual.
We had to find existing solutions to the problems faced in the dairy industry and present it during class. We focused our research on the disposal part of the industry from which we found that the main reason for wastage is due to (i) a low shelf life, (ii) products not being stored at the right temperature. The solutions we found were freezing the milk which helps elongate its shelf life and also resealable bags which helps close the packets properly which is another major reason for the decrease in the life span of the products.
For our final assignment we chose to focus on the packaging and improving its current standards. We decided to use resealable (zip lock) silicone bags to package the milk and also a thermochromic pigment which would inform the consumer whether the temperature at which the milk is being stored is optimal or not. We researched on the process of manufacturing of the thermocromic ink and also if silicone bags are harmful, etc before moving forward with the idea.
We presented the data and statistics we found using the survey and also a few interesting and notable points. We found that the most consumed dairy product is milk and that though most people know about the issues present and the extent of wastage and garbage they don’t take many measures to solve the problems faced as one, they are not sure how they can help, and two, the process of recycling is not cheap.
We also learnt about the Double Diamond Design Process which includes the following; Define, Develop and Execute. It was very interesting to see how in the entire industry can be classified into just a few steps. We took a few examples and saw through the entire process of observing, developing, researching, experimenting, prototyping, etc.
We presented the mind map we had made during class. We were asked to collect primary information about our topic and make a chart based on it. During the week we had gone around our locality and asked people about their consumption, disposal methods, etc and noted down the statistics which we later added to the mind map.
After all the presentations were over we were assigned the task of making a questionnaire. Each group had to come up with ten questions for their topic which we had to circulate through different sections of the society (residential, commercial and mix) later on. We focused our questions mainly on the disposal, recycling and up cycling of the products as we figured it was an opportunity we could work on and improve.
We presented the information we had collected about the dairy industry during the week in the form of a presentation. Each group had to present their research (secondary research) for questioning and to give the rest a basic idea of their chosen topic.
I learnt a lot through the others presentations and ours as well. While researching about the dairy industry I came across a lot of new terms and information that I did not know earlier. I learnt quite a bit about cruelty towards animals, disposal methods and statistics. Though I had heard about the white revolution before, I got to do a bit more research and get an even better understating of what had happened.
After all our presentations were over we were instructed to choose two different materials and come up with three ways each of up-cyclying them.
We were divided into groups of four for our project and each group was given a specific topic to work on. We, as a group, were given the dairy industry to research upon. We were instructed to get as much information as possible, figure the industrial cycle and create a mind map based on it. From what we learnt we came up with a basic cycle and put all others under the three categories – Production > Processing > Consumption.
I learnt a lot about the industry during this class. A lot of unknown facts of not only production and consumption, but also animal welfare and abuse was put into light.
We didn’t have class as Sir was not available.
We had to write down our daily routine and classify them as s=either sustainable or non-sustainable activities. These were then presented in class and we got to question their approach to things. I also learnt a few things that I could change in my life in order to be more sustainable. A few example that were common were taking a bucket bath instead of using the shower, washing clothes in bulk instead of a few at a time, using metal glasses instead of paper, etc.
We also decided, as a class, to collect all the trash we produce over the weeks, segregate them into e-waste, food, metal, cloth, glass, etc and recycle and epicycle them.
We started of by discussing the meaning of the word sustain and what each one of us taught about sustainability in general. We also spoke about over population d lack of resources as sustainability is the process of maintaining change a balance in the environment despite changes.
The different systems, open and closed, physical and abstract, sub system and super system, etc were also discussed. We also got a little into global warming, greenhouse effect and carbon footprint and how it affects the current day world. We took a few examples of basic systems around us and spoke about it a little.
we were then instructed to write down two examples for each of the three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle. We not only had to write down instances in our lives where we followed or helped with the three R’s but also three instances each where we wasted resources.
We ended class with a little bit of macro economics where we discussed the relation between money and sustainability and how it helps in economic development.