Students from Year 5N at Matthew Pearce Public School in Baulkham Hills have looked behind the scenes at the SEATs they have built and discovered where SEAT comes from, and how he views himself. “SEAT: The Little Stool That Could” revealed that SEAT is manufactured in a sustainable factory in Thanh Hoa, 4 hours south of Hanoi, Vietnam. SEAT doesn’t feel very special, after all he is not like an office chair, he isn’t fancy with wheels or arm rests, he is really just an ordinary bamboo stool. However Bea the butterfly asks him to look beyond just his appearance and look at the contributions he makes to our planet.
SEAT’s friend Bea reveals the “butterfly effect” his life has on others. They say that the flutter of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the world can trigger a hurricane on the other side of the planet. Through the S.E.A.T Project, we are realizing that a small stool built in Vietnam can trigger a hurricane of good all over Australia and hopefully, the world. Through the story the students are learning that SEAT could stand for something more.
The students investigated the creator of SEAT, Niki Banados a young university design student, as well as the author and illustrator and explored how the story of SEAT mirrored some of the aspects in the lives of these people.
The students have discovered that each one of our lives has a significant purpose simply because we are here. We can’t wait to hear about their next lesson!