All our Toolkits

All our Toolkits

One of the goals of the RM@Schools project is the development of educational support packages called “Toolkits”, aimed mainly at 10-19 y.o. kids and students. Our Toolkits are freely available to all teachers, researchers and experts who wish to use them as a means of communicating and disseminating knowledge about Critical Raw Materials in their various facets, applications and challenges.

Toolkit Target age (years) Learning Pathway Learning objectives Type of activity Subjects
Augmented Reality meets RM 10+ Exploration & Mining - Learning Pathway - Becoming more familiar with the topic of raw materials
- Learning about mining activities
- Learning about the importance of mineral raw materials in our lives
Educational material for presenting an interactive introductory lesson about mining an raw materials with the use of Augmented Reality software > Ecology
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Geography
> Technology
> Social sciences
> Politics
Bioethanol from waste paper 14+ Circular Economy - Learning Pathway - Being aware of global warming
- What is bioethanol and how to produce ethanol from waste paper
- The preciousness of waste and how it can become a resource
Laboratory experiment in which waste paper will be safely transformed into ethanol and then tested via an ethanol sensor or dye > Ecology
> Biology
> Chemistry
Blue Energy 15+ Substitution - Learning Pathway - Explain how Blue Energy could help to use less raw materials
- Describe how the various parties in the development of Blue Energy should cooperate with each other and which parties this involves
Laboratory experience about Blue Energy (energy produced from the mixing of fresh and salt waters through reversed electrodialysis) > Ecology
> Chemistry
> Geography
> Physics
> Technology
Copper: never ending recycling 15+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Discovering what e-waste is and how it can be reused
- Gaining familiarity with basic laboratory procedures and the concept of percent yield
- Learning some chemical properties of a typical transition element
Webquest and laboratory activity about the importance of copper and its correct recycling > Ecology
> Chemistry
> Computer science
Electrochemistry lab experiences with critical raw materials 15+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Understanding water electrolysis, the galvanic cell principle and Ohm's law
- Knowing different ways of generating energy
- Predicting the electrical properties of some materials (such as graphite)
Laboratory experiments revolving around graphite's electrical conductivity and electrolysis > Chemistry
> Physics
> Technology
Find the elements – Treasure Hunt 2.0 12+ Raw Materials and Circular Economy - Facing a new and different kind of learning
- Handling technological tools
- Addressing new problems from new areas
The activity works as a revisiting of the classic treasure hunt, but themed around Critical Raw Materials and their use in modern society > Ecology
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Physics
> Technology
> Social sciences
> Economics
Glass Raw Materials 5+ Raw Materials and Circular Economy - Being introduced to the glass material
- Learning which oxides are used to produce glass and which elements are used as glass colorants
Activities to learn about the raw materials used in the creation of glass and colored glass > Chemistry
> History
Lab-on-Paper Technology 5-18 Substitution - Learning Pathway - Economic advantages of the development of microfluidic devices on paper
- Definition of hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials
Practical activities to help understanding some materials' behaviors, namely referring to hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials. > Ecology
> Physics
> Technology
> Social Sciences
> Economics
Let’s make recycling blue 11+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Being introduced to the concept of Critical Raw Materials recovery
- Understanding how chemistry can help us to find new solutions to real world problems
Laboratory experiments for synthesizing Prussian Blue and for extracting metal ions from water > Chemistry
> Ecology
> Computer science
MemoRAEE 11+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Being introduced to the concepts of WEEE and WBA, their management and recycling
- Learning the role of Critical Raw Materials and Rare Earth Elements in electronic devices
Educational card game to teach about RAEE and electronics waste disposal > Ecology
> Geology
> Chemistry
> Social Sciences
MineralCheck 10+ Exploration & Mining - Learning Pathway - Knowing some basic definitions (e.g. crystal, mineral, mineral resource)
- Using the correct procedure for describing minerals
- Classifying minerals according to their use in a modern society
Learning materials for presenting a lesson and setting up a practical activity about the correct classification of minerals and rocks > Ecology
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Geography
> Physics
> Technology
Modern devices – Yes please! What about mining? 14+ Circular Economy - Learning Pathway - Becoming aware that everything around us is made of raw materials
- Realizing that Europe is highly dependent on global production of raw material
- Analyzing the impact of circular economy strategies in the field of raw materials on a company
Information and materials to kick-start a classroom discussion about what we use raw materials for, what items require them and whether these materials are found in Europe > Geography
> Technology
> Social sciences
> Economics
> Politics
Phosphorus Recovery from Wastewater 15+ Circular Economy - Learning Pathway - Knowing about the recycling of P from wastewaters to reduce the exploitation of natural resources
- Learning how wastewaters are a poweful nutrient resource for agriculture and the the environment
Laboratory activity planned in one part as theoretical training under the guidance of the teacher and two parts as practical activities performed by the students themselves > Ecology
> Agriculture
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Economics
> Physics
> Technology
Printed Meteorological Station – printed sensors on paper 15+ Substitution - Learning Pathway - The advantages of the use of small printed sensors
- The principle of transduction and how to use it to make measurements
- How functional inks work and their advantages
Laboratory activity where the students make their own printed sensors and perform a calibration curve > Chemistry
> Electronics
> Physics
> Technology
RAWsiko – Materials around us (Digital Version) 10+ Exploration & Mining - Learning Pathway - Understanding the distribution of critical raw materials in the world
- Knowing the main uses and applications of critical raw materials
- Being aware of the importance of access to CRMs for the production of everyday-life devices
Educational digital multiplayer game for teaching about critical raw materials distribution and utilization > Geography
> Politics
> Technology
> Economy
Recycling Metallic Packaging 14+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Understanding the long recycling life of metals
- Enhanceing the awareness on the importance of metal recycling
- Learning about redox processes and electroplating
This toolkit will introduce students to the issues of metallic packaging through four simple experiments >Chemistry
>History of materials
Recycling of silicon-based PV modules 14+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Learning about photovoltaic energy and silicon PV panels
- Understanding why silicon PV panels are sustainable and how they can be recycled
- Understanding the importance of the recovery of materials
Laboratory activity in which the pupils will assemble and then disassemble a PV mini-panel in order to understand the basic principles behind the important recycling process of PV waste > Ecology
> Physics
> Technology
Renewable keratin wastes for use in metal mining 16+ Circular Economy - Learning Pathway - Knowing the structure of wool fibers and the characteristics of proteins (keratin in particular)
- Learning techniques for keratin extraction and for identifying the presence of a protein in a solution
- Knowing the main techniques for recycling wool
Five laboratory activities related to the extraction of keratin from wool waste, its identification and its use, supported by many tutorial videos and an in-depth dossier > Chemistry
> Biology
> Economics
> Ecology
> History
ResourceRation 12+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Being able to name examples of finite and renewable resources and to explain the difference
- Analyzing different strategies to fulfill the needs of our society without overusing our resources
Educational game about resource conservation and the tragedy of the commons in the light of today's environmental challenges > Ecology
> Geography
> Social sciences
> Economics
> Ethics and Politics
RM@Art 12+ Exploration & Mining - Learning Pathway - Better interact with your surroundings
- Express emotions and needs creatively
- Practical usage of natural resource
This toolkit is designed to demonstrate some of the basic concepts of ores and minerals utilization in making colors. > Geography
> Arts
> Chemistry
> Social Sciences
RockCheck 10-19 Exploration & Mining - Learning Pathway - Identifying and classifying different rocks
- Determining the processes needed for rock formation
- Evaluating the importance of rocks as raw materials for our everyday life
App for smartphones that can be used, in parallel with activities contained in the toolkit, as a tool for guided rock classification > Ecology
> Geography
> Technology
> Social sciences
> Economics
Separation of copper and iron – two different approaches 16+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Learning about chemical principles like solubility, reaction equations, qualitative analysis, the law of mass action, acid-base reactions and equilibria
- Reflecting on the relation between waste treatment, economy and environment
Two laboratory experiments to separate copper from iron through different procedures > Chemistry and industrial chemistry
> Economy
> Ecology
Struvite from Urine Recycling - Learning Pathway - Possessing basic knowledge of the nitrogen and phosphate cycle as a result of human activity
- Understand the importance of a more sustainable way of recovering these resources
- Having basic knowledge of the chemical principles of making struvite and colorimetric phosphate determination
- Setting up an experimental design to test their struvite and interpreting the results
Learning materials and lab experiments about the properties of struvite and its recovery from urine > Environment
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Geography
> Physics
> Technology
The Rare Earth Element Wheel 13+ Recycling - Learning Pathway - Being introduced to the concept of WEEE, WEEE management and WEEE recycling in circular economy
- Discovering 7 Rare Earth Elements in 7 different electronic devices
Practical activity where students can build by their own the Rare Earth Element Wheel and perform a simple activity with it > Ecology
> Geology
> Chemistry
> Social sciences
The Recycling Goose Game 8-13 Recycling - Learning Pathway - Learning basic rules of waste segregation
- Recognizing domestic waste as a source of raw materials
- Developing a sense of civic responsibility and teamwork
Educational game based on the traditional "Game of the Goose", but themed and featuring questions and activities about recycling and a correct waste segregation > Ecology
> Technology
> Economics