On the 1st of March we invited Amsterdam schools to join us with the first ever Designathon School Challenge. Five elementary schools and two high schools excepted the invitation and the challenge was on: Waste Sorting at Schools.


38 children were guided by the team of experts in the field of waste and circular economy coming from the municipality of Amsterdam and two of our own facilitators: Emer and Iris. At the end of the day children presented their plans and pitched their ideas in front of the jury. We have one overall winner, one Makerversity winner, three schools received a 3-D printing course from vanPlestik and two schools went home with micro:bits.

The initiators of the challenge are Designathon Works and Municipality of Amsterdam. We want to encourage more schools to separate and recycle waste. At the moment, 80% of the waste generated by schools is lost for recycling. We also want more children to be involved in thinking about waste separation and to the reuse of raw materials (circular economy).

The overall prize goes to...


De Biënkorf! The team of the elementary school from Amsterdam Noord has designed a waste collector & sorting machine that measures which classroom is the best in sorting the waste. They also designed a trophy for the monthly winner.

Jury finds that the this plan and its design distinguishes itself among others. It is well thought out and executed.

The school will receive the financial support and guidance from the municipality of Amsterdam to implement their design at school.
Well done Bïenkorf !


The winner of the Makerversity prize goes to...


Hyperion Lyceum! The team of Hyperion Lyceum designed a sorting waste bin and the app which rewards the student with the chocolate. This design will be carried by the makers of Makerversity, and it will be on display in the City Hall.

Followup prizes:

3rd Dalton, Cartesius 2 and Scholekster are the winners of the 3-d printing workshop offered by vanPlestik.


And last but not least, de Bron and de Witte Olifant received the micro:bit prize. Micro:bit is a mini-computer, designed at the initiative of the BBC.


Congratulation everybody!

Recap video of the day

"I wish that all the children from Amsterdam schools could learn in this way about the waste sorting and that they could devise solutions for their own school themselves.

- Albert van Winden; Waste Chain Optimization manager for the City of Amsterdam

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