The 'Garbage in the Classroom' project shows how students can engage with a real STEM activity in a structured way. Students are split into teams using the ‘Scrum’ method and the work is graded using clear mark schemes. Learning objectives include design, programming, presentation skills and group work. Technical automation involves applying scientific knowledge and using engineering principles to find solutions to the tasks. The work addresses Quality in Education (SDG 4) and Gender Equality (SDG 5) as well as inviting students to query methods of Production and patterns of Consumption (SDG 12).