Halloween High School Design Thinking Maker Activity: Upcycled Costume

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Are you looking for a high school Halloween project that engages students and helps students build skills such as creativity, cooperation, innovation, and more? This design thinking maker activity is the perfect way to achieve those goals with little prep on your part other than gathering recyclables.

Students will design and make no-sew costumes (Halloween or otherwise) made entirely of upcycled materials such as used clothing, cardboard boxes, and aluminum cans. Students will follow a few basic guidelines detailed in their student guide sheets. The templates included in this resource help guide students through a design STEM activity using the 5 phases of design thinking.

This project requires exploration, inquiry, brainstorming, trial and error, problem-solving, the assistance of community experts, authentic presentations, and innovative outcomes. Students are actively engaged throughout the project process because it is student-centered in nature.

This product is intended to be budget-friendly. That is part of the challenge for students. They work with what they have available to them, in this case, trash. Trash is free and abundant!

This Maker Activity Includes:

  • Teacher guide
  • Student guide
  • Exploration and brainstorming guide sheet
  • Prototype template
  • Reflection questions
  • Maker Activity Rubric

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8 pages
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