Recycled Materials Project in Costa Rica

On Tuesday, May 24, our MPS students in Costa Rica demonstrated the project they will be creating with La Victoria elementary school students over the course of a three-week program. They helped to construct bases made of wire mesh, plastic bottles, newspaper, acrylic concrete and adhesive.  They built a frame by securing the bottles between two layers of wire mesh (see photos below).  Pulped paper was then mixed with water, acrylic concrete and glue and then applied to the top and bottom of the mesh construct.  This base will form the foundation for the in-school project: the building of an ideal community as envisioned by the elementary school students.

The rest of the first week was devoted to:

  • meeting with students and their parents, teachers, school administrators
    and ASART staff
  • preparing for the Recycled Materials Project
  • continuing with Spanish language study
  • acclimating to the town
MPS students in a courtyard in Costa Rica

MPS students in a courtyard in Costa Rica

Working in a classroom

Working in a classroom

Plastic bottles sandwiched in wire mesh

Plastic bottles sandwiched in wire mesh

Covering the mesh with a papier mache mixture

Covering the mesh with a papier mache mixture

Finished substrate for class building project

Finished substrate for class building project

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