Exemplary Student Projects

    Creating an effective recycling model for compost waste

    This team discovered that although household waste disposals could be an effective way to recycle kitchen waste, residents lacked the knowledge and enthusiasm to execute this recycling model. As a result, the team decided to incentivize the use of compost barrels in the community by having organic farms regularly collect the compost to use as organic fertilizer. Participating families then received free organic vegetables from the farms, thus forming an effective closed-loop recycling model.

    Breaking through

    social barriers

    The members of this team have all encountered social problems and challenges in school, so they decided to create a new in-school social system that can combat issues of loneliness. With funding from their schools and MOMENTUM, the team will be able to develop a suite of tools for new students in their schools, as well as three other international schools in Shanghai.

    Saying NO to disposable

    paper cups

    Having learned about the environmental threat posed by disposable paper cups, the team tried to raise public awareness on the issue and find an alternative to paper cups. Inspired by Starbucks' policy to offer discounts to customers who use their own reusable cups, the team established contact with local coffee shops and promoted the discount-for-your-own-cups campaign.

    Increasing easy access to medical treatment

    Although most people seek medical treatment from large hospitals, this team found that community hospitals in Shanghai can provide just as effective medical diagnosis and treatment, while also providing greater convenience. The team collaborated with the Shanghai Population Audiovisual International Exchange Center to produce a series of animated videos and a board game that promote the family doctor program, an initiative which is strongly supported by the medical community.

    Increasing the circulation of second hand books

    The team was astonished when they discovered how many books were discarded when their owners left school. They wanted to make more people aware of the channels through which they can exchange or sell books, so as to give the books a "new life". They selected a number of reliable book selling/exchange platforms and promoted them on campus through events. The team also selected one platform as a partner for their own campus "book exchange festival".

    Bringing narcolepsy to the

    public's attention

    Narcolepsy is a rare disease that concerns hundreds of thousands of patients in China yet very little public attention was directed to its diagnosis or treatment. Moreover, because of the lack of public awareness, patients also suffer from discrimination. The team created an experiential center where people can somewhat experience the life of someone with narcolepsy, enabling more people to empathize with narcolepsy patients and hopefully futher advocate for their rights.

    Making "gender equity"

    a concern for everyone

    Are women the only group that should be involved in the discussion regarding gender equity? This team begged to differ. They believed men also have to break gender stereotypes and be involved in the dialogue. They hosted "gender exchange" workshops where men and women experienced "conventional" activities for the other gender and realized gender stereotypes concern both men and women.

    Innovative garbage bins that promote recycling

    The team thought that the traditional design of garbage bins did not encourage users to recycle garbage voluntarily. After conducting interviews with experts, garbage collecting staff, and users, they designed a new set of garbage bins, the details (shape, color, design of the opening, etc.)of which make recycling effortless and more user-friendly.

    Helping migrant worker families struggling with cerebral palsy

    This team has extensive experience working with migrant worker families whose children suffer from cerebral palsy. They learned that these families usually lacked the financial or medical resources to diagnose or treat their children with cerebral palsy. The team initiated a fund raising campaign and they came up with the idea to post fund raising information on milk tea cups so as to spread the message.

    Offering incentives for

    garbage recycling

    This team found that recycling machines currently available are not effective in motivating users to use them. They designed a machine that offers rewards according to the users' age and need.