Engaging Students in Science and Engineering to Solve Real Problems
The Community Waters Science Unit is designed for 4th grade students. It incorporates Next Generation Science Standards* and the Ambitious Science Teaching framework. IslandWood has partnered with Seattle Schools on the development and implementation of the unit with the support of many generous funders.
Over the course of the unit, students use science and engineering to understand and develop a solution for a real world stormwater runoff problem in their community. They use experiments and field investigations to build on their understanding of why stormwater can cause flooding in an urban setting. Then they use an Engineering Design Process to come up with a proposal towards solving a specific local stormwater problem.
We have a video about the curriculum here.