Group of students making structures out of cardboard

Ultimate Design Challenge

How can we redesign a product’s packaging to make it more environmentally friendly?

Project Summary

Much American product packaging uses materials and processes that negatively impact the Earth. In their role as design engineers, students use the engineering-design process and geometric modeling to redesign a product’s packaging to render it more sustainable. Students explore volume, surface area, and dimensions of complex shapes to develop prototypes that meet the product’s packaging design constraints while limiting the packaging materials used and/or waste generated.