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  1. Carolyn Staudt
  2. https://concord.org/about/staff/carolyn-staudt
  3. Curriculum/Professional Developer
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Concord Consortium, Stroud Water Research Center, Millersville University
  1. Saadia Baloch
  2. Executive Director
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Machine Science
  1. Melinda Daniels
  2. Dr.
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Stroud Water Research Center
  1. Steve Kerlin
  2. http://www.stroudcenter.org/about/stevenkerlin.shtm
  3. Director of Education
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Stroud Water Research Center
  1. Nanette Marcum-Dietrich
  2. http://concord.org/projects/teaching-environmental-sustainability
  3. Teaching Environmental Sustainability - Model My Watershed
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Millersville University
  1. Jerry Valadez
  2. http://cvscienceproject.ning.com
  3. President/CEO
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. SAM Academy, Concord Consortium, Central Valley Science Project
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Water SCIENCE

NSF Awards: 1433761

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

In Supporting Collaborative Inquiry, Engineering and Career Exploration with Water (Water SCIENCE), middle school students from southern Arizona, Central Valley in California, southeastern Pennsylvania, and eastern Massachusetts complete hands-on science and engineering activities, receive guidance and instruction from undergraduate and graduate student mentors, interact online with STEM professionals, and learn about careers in environmental conservation and engineering while investigating their community's local water resources.

After completing their water quality assessments, students conduct classroom engineering projects that model the technologies used to clean, conserve, and manage their local water resources. These activities include the cleaning of water by physical means (e.g., filtration), chemical treatments (e.g., pH balancing), and biological methods (e.g., plant root uptake). In addition, students engineer water conservation strategies, such as approaches for reducing household water consumption and systems for collecting and recirculating rainwater.

Through a series of videos, students have the opportunity observe STEM professionals working in the water field and learn about the critical roles played by scientists, engineers, and other professionals in maintaining healthy water resources, as well as the educational pathways leading to these careers. As a capstone experience, students engage in a role-playing exercise involving a simulated water emergency, such as a drought or an oil or chemical spill.

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