The Recyclable Toy Contest Results are here
Local students took part in the Recycling Contest. During the recycling education day on 24th May 2023, the students were invited to take part in a competition. The title of the competition was “Contest for making the best recyclable toy”. The sub theme of the competition was: “Creating Sustainable Toys: Transforming the World with Recycling”.
The competition alluded to the previous Environment Week activities. These were held by the Trocano Araretama Project at the Municipal School Municipal School Alcides Brandão De Sá.
The Trocano team had full collaboration of the staff at the school, with the coordination of the creation of toys made by Professor Jacqueline. The event was also useful for promoting the importance of recycling and care for the environment among students and the school community as a whole.
Contest good for creativity, environmental awareness and teamwork
The aim of the Recyclable Toy Contest was to encourage students to express their creativity, environmental awareness and skills in making toys using recyclable materials. Several teams formed by students at the school participated in the contest. Each team consisted of a group of students who worked together to create a recyclable toy.
The contest rules were:
- The teams should create a toy using exclusively recyclable materials, such as paper, plastic, cardboard, caps, bottles, and cans.
- Additional materials, such as glue, scissors, paints and brushes, were allowed to assist in making the toy.
- Toys should be fully functional and capable of providing some form of entertainment or interaction.
- Each team could enter only one toy in the contest.
Evaluation Process for the Recyclable Toy Contest
An evaluation committee, composed of the Secretary of Environment Rafael Pantoja, Mrs. Clice Meneses technician in the environment and Mrs. Ananda Correia undersecretary of social assistance, was responsible for evaluating the toys. Evaluation criteria included:
- Creativity and originality: the originality of ideas and the creative way of using recyclable materials.
- Efficient use of recycled materials: the ability to harness recyclable materials efficiently and intelligently in the toy’s construction.
- Functionality: the ability of the toy to provide fun and interaction.
Awards to the students
During the award ceremony, the three winning teams of the contest were announced, who obtained the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, respectively. The winners received trophies and certificates of recognition from the evaluation panel and the Trocano team.
Winning entries in the contest
First place was a team made up of Samuel, Juliana, Carlos, and Tiago. They made a toy called Pinball. The innovative team used thick cardboard, rubber alloy, a barbecue stick, a bottle cap, and a ball. The goal of the toy was to play a marble that should fall into one of the cavities of the toy, and as the cavity where the ball falls, the participant wins a number of points. Playing the game was two participants at a time with three attempts.
Second place went to the team Joshua, Rogerio, Cesar, and Ronielle. This team made a train of beer cans. The team leader explained that she used the cans because they are a more durable material used to cover sticks a cardboard box and plastic straws.
Third place was the table football made by Renata, Roberta, Samuel, Henrique, Felipe, and Eduardo. They used a number of materials in its construction such as EVA, cardboard boxes, wood leftovers from a joinery, bottle caps and a ball taken from a deodorant. The objective of the game is two players at a time, each side rotating their team players through the wood.
Recognising the efforts of all the students who participated
The contest was a huge success at the school, in terms of student participation and environmental awareness.
The participating teams demonstrated exceptional creativity and skills in creating sustainable toys using recyclable materials.
Awarding the winners through trophies and certificates and awards recognized the effort and dedication of the participants. This is a valuable way of encouraging the continuity of sustainable practices into the future.