TechKnow (Pass IT on)
Welcome to TechKnow (Technology for Knowledge)! EcoCity award winner 2016, for waste reduction.
TechKnow was a project which provided Aberdeen City Council schools with free workshops and downloadable lesson plans linked to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence’s Science and Technologies Frameworks. Lesson plans specifically focusing on the reuse of electrical and electronic equipment for Level One, Level Two and S1 – S2 were developed. This project ended in 2017, however, this page is being maintained to provide downloadable resources for any parties that feel it will add value.
We would be grateful if you could mention the source of the resources if you use them.
TechKnow provided fundraising opportunities through the collection of used, but functional consumer IT equipment e.g. phones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, etc. Workshops and a resource pack were arranged through the Aberdeen City Council’s Recycling Team to support learning. In addition, we prepared lesson plans which can be downloaded and used for Levels One to Three.
Downloadable Lesson Plans
Each lesson plan has been broken down into 30 minute – 1 hour sessions to enable you to either work through the topic over the term, or to pick and choose sessions based on the interests of pupils. All lesson plans contain teachers notes, links to further resources & pupil activity sheets.
- Level One lesson Plan: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Reuse
- Level One Lesson Plan PowerPoint
- Level Two Lesson Plan: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Reuse
- Level Two Lesson Plan PowerPoint
- Level Three Lesson Plan: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Reuse
- Level Three Lesson Plan PowerPoint
A resource pack can still be borrowed from Aberdeen City Council for teachers wishing to carry out workshops. Get in touch with the Council at the contact details shown below.
Download and personalise these resources to organise an effective school campaign.
We have also prepared a presentation which may be appropriate for school assemblies. This is available below:
Set up a collection point at your school
Collection schemes can be flexible to meet the needs of your school. We can support you and your pupils to successfully manage a one-off campaign to raise funds, or provide containers to enable staff and families to donate as and when needed.
We worked with the local organisations Instant Neighbour, CFINE and Somebody Cares, who uplifted equipment at a suitable point in time.
Equipment was transported to Re-Tek UK Ltd in East Kilbride, who securely wiped data-bearing devices. Equipment was refurbished and prepared for re-sale - if not suitable for re-sale, it was recycled. Prior to recycling, Re-Tek securely data wiped and broke down equipment into constituent parts. It was then shipped to an accredited downstream recycling partner.
For further information on the refurbishment process visit the website: http://www.re-tek.co.uk
More information from Aberdeen City Council
If you are a school in Aberdeen City Council, please contact:
T: 01224 219281
The importance of collecting IT equipment
In the UK in 2017 there was an estimated 65 million smartphones, and 30 million laptops, tablets, smart set-top boxes and smart stereos.
A mobile phone can contain over 40 elements including heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).