The Clean Water Challenge connects science content to a sustainable context--current events, local environmental issues, and citizen action. Relevance in the science classroom is critical, important, and innovative.
Students engage in a meaningful challenge to clean a sample of water in order to explore the concepts of mixtures and solubility. Some students model waste water, some model drinking water, and others model storm water. They dirty-up a sample of water and then they clean it. They see how much work that there is to do. That involves a whole set of content area skills - filtering, distillation, measuring, using graduated cylinders, storing, labeling, data tables, observing, and all in the context of collaboration and sustainability. Finally, students present their work and ideas at the Clean Water Challenge symposium.
This video is the full version of the overview, providing more detail of lesson instruction and student voices.
Video created by Miranda Fisher and Lauren Schwartzman for the fulfillment of Oberlin College Winter Term credit during an internship in Sustainability Education in Action under the direction of Jessica Levine.
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Jessica at ms.green.levine at gmail.com