Your goal on this project is to redesign the shoe box. Why?imgDESIGNnikeSustainable

  • Shoe boxes are a one-time use container, often being thrown away
  • The process of making cardboard is ridden with toxic chemicals.
  • Most sneakers are Made in China, Indonesia, Korea or the Philippines – which means reducing the amount of cardboard can reduce the cost of shipping the shoes from the manufacturer and also from the distribution center to the point of sale.
  • The less cardboard, the fewer trees that have to be cut to make the cardboard


  • Your idea must reduce the amount of cardboard (material) of the example box by 25% or more
  • Any idea of yours must be sustainable and environmentally friendly.
  • Your idea must come from a ‘Cradle to Cradle’ concept, rather than a ‘Cradle to Grave’ concept
  • Your idea must include a steps that will be taken to reduce or eliminate waste going to the landfill.
  • Each person must have 3 websites, 3 or more labeled sketches, the team must construct a prototype or produce a ‘graphic’ that fully explains your idea
  • A picture must be taken of the prototype and callouts added (explaining features). The image must be uploaded to one of the team members wikipage.
  • To complete this project your team must do a presentation of your design to the rest of the class

Time to completion

2 to 3 periods

Follow the design process

Step 1: Ask (Define the problem)

Make sure that all team members understand the problem. Discuss it. Ask questions if needed

Step 2: Wonder (Research)

Has anyone already solved the problem? What did their design look like? Find three websites that show these designs or talk about how to design it. Copy and paste the web addresses to your own wikipage (10 pts). Include an appropriate title. Log off your computer and put it away.

Look at the picture to the right. The entire image – box and the black are – is the size ofimgDESIGNshoeboxDimsSM the original material from which the box came. All the black area is ‘trash’ and probably either recycled or thrown away – in essence – WASTE! Click on the picture to see the dimensions. Multiply the overall length by width dimensions (green) to get the original square inches of material. From the constraints listed above, you must have a design that is at least 25% less material. How do you find out what that number is? Who can you talk to? This information must be in your final presentation

Step 3: Imagine

Now that you’ve seen some successful designs, use your imagination and sketch in your composition book similar, but different designs than what you saw online. Sketch at least 3 ideas. Keep in mind the constraints listed above. Discuss. Brainstorm.

Step 4: Plan (Sketch)

Share your sketches with your team. Discuss each design. Negotiate and pick one design to try. The final design should have dimensions (so you can build it to scale) and labels explaining features.

Step 5: Create (Build)

You need to build a ‘full scale’ prototype. (Teacher will be looking at your sketch with dimensions and measure your prototype) Before you start building, discuss how you should build it. Who should do what? Can one person do a part, while the other does another part? What materials will you need? What tools will you need? How will you put it together? Does it need glue or can you do without? Look at class example.

Step 6: Improve

After you’ve built it, start with the question, how can we improve this design? Look back at your other designs and see if you think another would work better.

Step 7: Share

As a team, you will present your design to the rest of the class. All team members are required to participate. Your team should plan what should be said that best represents your design. It should be that you’re trying to sell your idea to a shoe company, like NIKE.

Rubric: 75 total points

  • 20% (15pts): Completion of assignment on time
  • 30% (23pts): Individual Effort towards completion of goal (individually graded)
    • Observable participation
    • Full use of available class time
  • 30% (22pts): Preciseness / workmanship / Content (individually graded)
    • Quality of completed work
    • Knowledge gained as assessed by quiz, verbal questioning, presentation, or other
    • Participate in presentation?
    • Web page has photo of prototype with callouts
  • 20% (15pts): Following directions
    • Without asking questions?
    • Go to group members before asking teacher?