Recycled Art – STEAM

14 Apr

This art piece was created by my 5th graders using recycled bottle caps (it took us the entire school year to collect).

STEAM teaching points:

S – Importance of recycling and the dangers of plastic in the environment.
T- Computer graphing and internet research to decide on a topic.  Students created a Google Form survey to poll the class.
E- Constructing and building the art piece.
A- Color and placement of caps.
M- Measurement of the bottle caps and backing measurements. Students also learned who to calculate the diameter, radius, area and circumference of a circle (bottle cap) Image


Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Art, Lessons, Resources


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4 responses to “Recycled Art – STEAM

  1. Michelle Gleeson

    October 5, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Hi I’m making a bottle top mural with our kids at school, and I would like to know what type of glue did you use?.

    • STEAM Education

      October 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

      I actually used hot glue! The backing is an extra large canvas 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    May 29, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Did you spray paint the tops?

    • STEAM Education

      August 31, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      No, we collected bottles caps of all colors – it took about 6 months to collect. I did paint a basic design under the bottle caps.


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