How do we do it?

Teachers begin with an introduction to local water issues and the design process, then build expertise throughout the fall and spring semesters, using their own classrooms to develop and refine best practices. Teachers then collaborate with water experts and design educators to plan site-specific design challenges that connect local water issues to real places that students know.

  • Ms. Malcolm leading 3rd grade students through a design challenge that requires students to use maps and drawings to understand patterns of flooding.
  • Introduction

    Through workshops, field trips, lectures, readings, and hands-on activities, participants delve into local water issues and sciences, and explore the design process as a powerful teaching tool.

  • Testing design tools

    Technical workshops prepare teachers to teach the design process. Each teacher develops a “Visual Unit Plan,” which maps out a full design challenge for their classroom.

  • Design challenge

    Each teacher guides their students through a complete unit. Students learn and apply core scientific principles as they tackle real, local environmental issues.

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